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Another year has dawned upon the world — 

(A year as reckoned by the clock of man) 
What this year holds; what gain or loss 

Is largely ours to say. For no one can 
Just say, "I have no part. I simply live 

From day to day, and do the ivork 
That comes to Trie. I try to give 

Time to my tasks; I travel to the Kirk 
And sing and worship there; 

I always try to do the task assigned, 
And its financial burdens always gladly share; 

And to my fellowman am ever kind!" 

Sure, that's what each of us should do- 
But how can any say, "You see, 
I live my life aright, so how dan you 

Say, 'Gain or Loss' this year is up to me?" 
My friend, if you are doing all you can — 

(As you have said, you are) 
To live acceptably to God and man, 

Them, you can travel very, very far 
In helping make this new and untried year 

A year that brings much gain — not loss — 
And, if continued thus, you need not fear, 

But you will gather gold without the dross, 
And in the days that come you'll find- 

That in the record you are writing Jiere, 
That joy and peace for b\ehig justly kind 

Will be your lot throughout this whole New Year. 

—F. C. V 

Vol LXXIV, T^o. 1 January 5, 1952 




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Items of general Interest 

Washington, T). q, Brother Clarence Fairbanks says 
that fine messages were brought by Brethren Fels Lam, 
T. C. Lyon and Preston Campbell during the time he was 
absent while he was conducting the revival for Brother 
C. A. Stewart and the Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church. 

He reports that the Washington Sunday School is again 
showing gains in attendance. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says that the 
Sunday School is presenting "Heart Shield New Testa- 
ments" to all of their boys in service. A steel shield is 
on the front and the name of the boy on the back. These 
Testaments have been life-savers in more ways than one 
to those who carry them — for both body and soul. 

Th<- Christmas Community program which is usually 
held around the outdoor Christmas tree, was held this 
r in the St. James Brethren Church, because of the 
bad weather. 

St. James Thanksgiving offering now amounts to 
the sum of $204,20— the Sunday School giving $115.20 
and the Church $89.00. 

Oak Hill, West Virginia. Brother Arthur H. Tinkel re- 
he baptism and reception of thirteen new members 
on December 2nd, this making an addition of twenty-one 
new members since August 1st. 

Th" Christmas play and program was given on De- 
cern b*r 23 rd. 

G&teWDOd, West Virginia. Brother Bolton gives their 
program for their Christmas program as including a one- 

act play, "Christmas Here and There," and a three-act 
play, "The Empty Room." 

Uniontown- Highland, Penna., Circuit. Brother Ralph 
Mills reports that seven boxes of clothing were sent to 
Korea from the two churches. There were also eight boxes 
of assorted things sent to our Kentucky Mission, and the 
ladies of the Missionary Societies sent a number of home 
made cookies to the Mission. 

New officers were recently elected for both the Sun- 
day School and the Church at the Uniontown Church. 

The Church Christmas party of the Uniontown church 
was held on Friday evening, December 21st, at which 
time the Christmas program was given. The party itself 
followed the program. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Brother Benshoff says that the Pri- 
mary Department of the Sunday School presented their 
program on the morning of December 23rd, and at the eve- 
ning hour the cantata was given by the choir. A candle 
light service was also held on Christmas Eve. 

Masontowrt, Penna. Brother William Keeling reports 
that with the repair of the baptistry, baptismal services 
were held on Sunday, December 16th. He does not report 
the number baptized. 

He also says that a "grand time" was had at the re- 
cent Primary Christmas party. 

Canton, Ohio, Trinity Church. Brother Stogsdill says 
that Brother Don Guittar built a fine illuminated star 
which Brother Guittar, with the help of Brother Harry 
Miller, mounted on top of the church, where it flashed 
the thought of the meaning of Christmas out over the 

The young people of the church packed baskets for the 
needy again this year. A little chapel was placed where 
contributions could be made to the fund for the purchas- 
ing of needed articles for the baskets. 

Dayton, Ohio. We note from Brother Whetstone's bul- 
letin that the next meeting of the Miami Valley Laymen 
will be held in the Dayton Hillcrest Church on Monday 
evening, January 21st. 

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After all it makes little difference whether you desire 
to take the inventory or not — it is being taken and being 
checked in the Great Book of Life which the Great Book- 
keeper of the Ages is keeping under the Seal of God. But 
taking individual inventory will help each of us to see 
where we have succeeded, and, more important, just 
where we have failed. For it is often the failures we find 
in our lives that spell the difference between the ability 
to go forward or urge to slip backward. Sometimes a 
successful life is built on the ruins of a failure. Read 
the story of Mark. First, in the eyes of Paul, he was a 
failure; but later Paul writes of him, "Take Mark, and 
bring !him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the 
ministry." Have you. taken inventory? 

Think it over! 

JANUARY 5, 1952 


lakinq Stock and Looking Forward 


TNVENTORY TIME always comes up on the first of the 
New Year. Of course that is not the only time inven- 
tory time comes, but the one that tells what has been the 
real result of the year's business comes at that time. The 
l'esult of that inventory is bound to show one of two 
things 1 — profit, or loss; it very seldom, if ever, shows 
neither profit or loss. 

In the inventory the proprietor if he carefully examines 
the inventory list, and makes comparisons with the pre- 
vious inventory list, will find what items have moved and 
showed profit, and what items have become old and shop- 
worn and need to be, either put on sale at a greatly re- 
duced price, or discarded entirely. If he is alert and a 
very careful buyer, he will, if he has buyer's under him, 
give orders to discontinue certain items, curtail the buy- 
ing of others, and buy more heavily on still others. In other 
words, he is "taking stock" not only of his stock-in-hand, 
but also of his buyers and of himself in particular. To 
ignore failures in either buying or selling is sure to re- 
sult in loss in the end, and a poor inventory showing 
at the next inventory time. 

Now Christianity and the work of the Church is a very 
large and growing "business." We have no hesitancy in 
calling its conduct "A Business," for one of the first re- 
corded utterances we have from the lips of Jesus is to be 
found in the words which He spoke to His mother, when 
He was found in the presence of the Lawyers and Doc- 
tors and was chided by His mother for having stayed be- 
hind when they were returning to their home after the 
Passover Feast. Do you recall what He said? These are 
His words, "Why have ye sought me? wist ye not that 
I be about My Father's .BUSINESS?" Do we not see 
by following His steps when He went 'forth to enter into 
His period of earthly ministry, that He was able to "sell" 
His business of winning souls to the disciples in such a 
manner that they have handed down the carrying on of the 
"business" of the Church through the centuries to the 
followers of the Master, and through these have enlarged 
its borders and leaving multiplied thousands of satisfied 
people ? 

But, as in the case of the merchant's inventory, many 
things have found their place in the mercandising pro- 
gram that have either failed in their purpose, or have been 
falsely advertised and in the end found wanting in char- 
acter. Especially is this true of the sedatives that have 
been suggested to ease the "pain" and ache of the tired 
muscles of the so-called "over-worked" in the Lord's Vine- 
yard. The result of such application, falsely recommended 
by the satanic propagandors of such "remedies," has 
been to either put the users to sleep, or to make t^Tm 
unfit for real Christian activity and service, 

ly advertised propaganda has crept into the Brethren 
Church, though here and there can be found some of the 
evidences of the results of past failure to investigate and 
test the products which did not measure up to the stan- 
dard set by the Great Inspector of all life and living. 

High standards and honesty are required attributes to 
guarantee the growth of any business. No merchant is 
ever ashamed to recommend a product which he carries 
if it is a worth-while one. Every firm which is anxious 
to sustain its reputation for producing good and service- 
able merchandise is never fearful of putting its label on 
the product in some very conspicuous place. No firm of 
reputable manufacturers is afraid to say, "This product 
is fully guaranteed to be satisfactory, or your money will 
be cheerfully refunded," and really mean it. Certainly 
there is nothing in real Christianity of which one needs 
ever be ashamed to say, "This is the guaranteed article." 

It has been said that the best advertisement that can 
be found is that of "repeat customers." When we see men 
and women arriving to many years of life on this earth, 
and, having lived a consistent Chi-istian life through all 
those years, will we be all out of place in saying, "Here 
is an example of a repeat customer!" The church of which 
the Editor is a member here in Ashland has suffered great 
loss in the death of aged members during the past year. 
some fourteen having passed on, most of them above 
eighty years of age. Each of these can well be classed 
as guaranteed Christian characters, for they measured 
up to the Master's desire. Their place must be taken br- 
others, and each place vacated must be filled with a life 
that is lived to the profit of the great merchant — Al- 
mighty God. Anything else is sure to spell "loss" at next 
inventory time. 

Good Christians should be those who realize that some- 
where, somehow, some one is following their life as an 
ideal. You may not know it, but they are. Each of us 
should be able to speak like Paul and say as he did, when 
writing to the Corinthians (I Cor. 11:1) — "Be ye follow- 
ers of me, EVEN AS I ALSO AM OF CHRIST." The 
following of Christ is the all-important thing. Paul had 
this in mind, surely, when he wrote these words to the 
Romans, (Rom. 12:1-2)— "I beseech you therefore, breth- 
ren, by the mercies of God. that ye present your bodies 
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. which is your 
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that 
ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and per- 
f^ctyjyill of God." This is a very good rule to use when 
"taking stock-" of self as we inventory our products, with 
their profits aia* losses, as we begin this new year. 

As yet not too much of such non-moving stock #r false- fT f\ p? ^(Concluded on bottom of page 2) 



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A 'Post-Christmas Study 

Rev. Clarence Stogsdill 

"When the fullness of the time was come, God sent 
forth His Son" Gal. 4:4a. 

IMMEDIATELY we see by the text that God has to do 
with time, and that He has perfect control over it and 
its events, working out His will in the God-wanting 
world. We see that th" world was in need of Divine bless- 
ing and reassurance. We see that God knew and under- 
stood the need perfectly, and by His infinite love was 
willing to supply the nerd of the world. 

In the light of the text, let us look back to the time 
of the first Christmas and consider what God did for the 
world, both in the history of His chosen people Israel, and 
in the history of the Gentil-s. 

I. The First Christmas was the filling up of time (ages). 

For centuries the nation of Israel had been told to look 
for a King. This King was to come in the Name of the 
Most High God, and was to be the rul^r over the nation 
forever. The coming of Christ to the world, and especially 
to the nation Israel, was the coming of this One who 
was to be the everlasting King of this chosen peopl". In 
fact, Ho was more than just a King: He was the fulfill- 
ment of the very law which had made the nation stand 
out among other nations of the world. He cam" to end 
their observance of new moons, their sacrifices, their an- 
niversaries, and all the rest. Christ came to sum up the 
history of Israel and all their blessings and sufferings, 
their promises and hopes. All that could be expected from 
God on the part of Israel was contained in the Person 
of this Holy One who came on that Christmas night. 

But to say that this first Christmas was for the Jew 
only would be to understate the infinite love of the Great 
<', 'i. For He came not only to be a blessing to the nation 
of Israel, but also to bring light into the whole world, 
and to bl'ss all nations through this one nation, the small- 
est of all. 

If the Jews had occasion to rejoice because of the bring- 
ing to a climax their history, surely the rest of the world 
had even more of a right to bless the name of God. For 
if th' Jew deserved to be driven from his home and wan- 
der in strange lands and suffer humiliation at the hand 
of foreigners, the Gentile <\<-\< rved death of the worst kind. 

The Gentile was the source of all idolatry, the inventor 
of false gods arid idols. But God had mercy on such an 
unclean world and gave it a Deliverer who could reclothe 
it in its right mind and cause it to worship the tru" God. 
The Gentile was made to see the light, and was brought 

out of darkness., He was given an opportunity which he 
never had before — that of being on an equal standing 
with th" Jew in the eyes of God. Yea, he was even, blessed 
above the Jew, for he was to accept the gift which was 
meant for the Jews, but was rejected by them. From now 
on it was to be the Gentile who would lead the world to 
the light through the Saviour who came on that first 
Christmas night. 

II. The First Christmas was a manifestation of God's 
control over time. 

It would seem from the appearance of the physical uni- 
verse and the laws of nature that God created the cosmos, 
set it in its orbit, and went away, leaving it to its own 
destiny. But that is not true. If one investigates closely, 
even the very laws of nature, he comes to believe that 
time is being marked by the very changes in the physical 
world. The leveling of mountains to plains; the great 
upheavals again forming new mountains; the cutting 
away at solid rocks by innocent streams to form deep 
ravines; the forming of terraces on either side of a river 
at the bottom of a valleys — all these mark off the pass- 
ing ages of hundreds of thousands of years. 

In the animal world God marks periods of time, too. 
At certain times of the yar, on a certain beach of Cali- 
fornia, there is a species of small fish which spawns and 
lays its eggs in the sand. The eggs lie there hidden from 
sight for a measured length of time until tho right day 
comes along, and within an appointed hour, the appointed 
minute, the washing to shore of the appointed salt-water 
wave, the eggs suddenly yield th ir fruit and all the liv- 
ing organisms of the beach swim out to sea in the form 
of tiny fish! God is constantly measuring time by special 
events in the realm of animal life. 

In the history of the world of man, the spiritual world, 
time is marked by events which set the boundaries for 
various ages. God knows the appointed time of every event. 
TJ fe has evn set the events into the pattern of history so 
as to limit the ages themselves. By the call of Abraham 
out of an idolatrous family and appointing him an inher- 
itance, God changed the course of history and guided it 
into an age of His own choosing. By anointing David as 
king over Israel, He turned the hearts of the nation to 
One who was to come" and sit on David's throne or eter- 
nity. At the appointed hour He sent His own Son into 




the world to be that King. Thank God, nothing could stop 
it; in fact all that the world might have done to prev nt 
it would only set the stage for His coming. On that quiet 
night when few were ready to receive Him, but whom th<* 
world needed Him most, He came! Perfect understanding! 
Perfect omniscience! Perfect love! 

When He was most needed, He came. Even though the 
world was too busy doing other things to see or recog- 
nize Him, because He was needed, He came. Even though 
(here were no vacant rooming houses because of the great 
stir of men and women everywhere going to be taxed, 
He came. God sent Him, and He came, because it was 
"the fullness of time." 

Let us rejoice at this season because we know that it 
is the time when our hearts and minds are turned back- 
ward 'to that time which God had appointed as a very 
special night. In time's terrain of mountain peaks which 
point out the special events in the history of God's world, 
that first Christmas stands out as the most majestic of 
all — the king of all the others. This is the night that 
proves that all things are under the rule and sovereignty 
of God. He would not have sent His Son into a world 
which He had not mad? suitable for Him. He would not 
have sent Him at a time not right for His coming. God 
had made the plans for the coming of His Son and those 
plans could not fail. 

III. The First Christmas was a Keeping of an Appointment 
with, and a promise to, the world. 

Isaiah not only prophesies the coming of the Lord when 
he- says (7:14* — ".Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear 
a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" — He gives to 
the world a promise of God. The promise is contained in 
the name Immanuel — "God with us." It was a promise 
that God Himself would one day come to dwell among 
men. The tabernacle was a symbol of that day. In the 
earthly tabernacle God descended and dwelt in the Holy 
of Holies in the cloud. But when Christ came, He dwelt 
in the tabernacle of the flesh — God as man. When He 
came and dwelt among men in the flesh, He proved that 
all His promises are good, and that He will keep them. 

Christmas, to us, has become, among other things, a 
time of promise and keeping of promises, symbolic of 
the promise which God made to the world when He said 
He would come and dwell with man — and did, in! Christ. 
It is the promise of peace, wisdom and grace shining in 
the face of the Bethlehem Babe. And we have the promise 
for another day when we shall be like Him. We, too, shall 
have that perfect peace and perfect wisdom, because we 
shall have inherited it from Him. 

Christian, let not your heart be troubled at this time. 
Your God has the world in hand. All events, no matter 
how joyous or how despairing, are only the chimes of 
His great time-piece, striking the minutes and hours un- 
til He shall come again to consummate all history and 
close the doors of time, leaving for you, life in eternity. 

— Canton, Ohio. 

We are still living in the acceptable year of the Lord- 
the dispensation of grace. 

Brethren Church History 


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MAN'S INHUMANITY to his fellowmen, based on a 
desire for gain, has added '<> the Bufferings of 

countless individuals who in the early day- made up the 
citizens of our country. Selfishness, greed and a hard- 
hearted disregard for the welfare of others has pi; 

the stamp of infamy upon many a Colonial ship 
or Captain. They trafficked with the bodies of men and 
women, as well as children, not only black but white as 
well. While the same mis reatment was incurred by tr 
who came to various Colonies in the New World, this in 
the main has to deal with those who came to the I 
of Pennsylvania. When we realize that volumes have been 
written upon the sufferings of the Redemptioner or the 
Indentured Servant, it will be understood that this can 
only be a mere beginning in the matter of delineating the 
sufferings of the helpless victims who fell in o th ir 

The uncertainty of the length of the voyages across the 
ocean brought often great hardships and misery upon 
the immigrants who wer: on the vessel. The ships were 
crowded with passengers, far beyond the proper room to 
care for them. Oft times their chests were left behind 
by the Captain in order that mor passengers or human 
freight could be put aboard. This meant a sacrifice of 
space which should have been used for provisions and 

The sailing ships of those days were constructed with 
little regard to sanitation. They were built 'o secure the 
greatest amount of room with the least expenditure of 
money. Therefore with insufficient food, unwholesome 
and contaminated, with water being th' 1 same, there was 
a dreadful mortality among those on board. Every dis- 
ease known was to be found among the passengers, which 
at times even affected the cr w. Thus the greed for gain 
proved disastrous to those who were a party to '.he same. 

In 1732 a ship was twenty-four weeks at sea. and of 
the 150 passengers on board 100 died of hunger and pri- 
vation. The survivors were imprisoned and compelled 
pay the entire passage money for themselves and the de- 

Christopher Saur in 175S estimates that 2000 passen- 
gers who had embarked upon fifteen ships which landed 
in Philadelphia, had died during the voyage. In 174". 
fifty survivors of a ship that had saiPd with a total of 
400 landed in Philadelphia. This could be multiplied for 
many pages but the above shall suffice. 

The term Redemptioner had its origin in a peculiar sys- 
tem of voluntary servitude. This was reeogniz d by law 
and custom, under which a freed man entered into a con- 
tract with another person, to serve the latter for a stip- 
ulated time at a stipulated price, for moneys paid to him 
or for his benefit, before the service was entered upon. 
Through the fulfillment of this contract apprenticeship 



or servitude, th ^ survitor was said to redeem himself. 
Thus the name Redemptioner was given to those who en- 
tered into such agreements. 

There wer ! two kinds of Redemptioners, and the dis- 
tinction should be borne in mind. The first was the so- 
called "Indenteured servants" who made specific contracts 
before setting sail, to serve a term of years to masters; 
the second, known some time as "free willers," were 
without money, but anxious to emigrate, therefore agreed 
with the ship-masters to sell themselves and their families 
on Iheix arrival, for the captain's advantage, and thus 
repay the cost of their transportation. 

There was no odium or stigma placed upon either in- 
dividual. This was especially so as all, or nearly all, who 
came as settlers one way or another were obliged to do 
hard work. Often when the Redemptioner or Indentured 
s rvant had worked out the time agreed upon to serve, 
he or she were given certain goods and often land, to 
enable them to set up for themselves in the same com- 
munity. There were intermarriages between masters and 
servants, though the servant had little choice in the mat- 
ter of selecting his master. The class with which we are 
dealing is that of the white or German settler or immi- 
grant from the Palatinate in the main. 

Let it not be thought that all the early settlers who 
made up much of the colonial population of Pennsylvania, 
were thos i who have been described. There were many 
who were able to pay full fare, and travel as luxurious as 
possible in 'hat day. When they were in need of servants 
or aid of such kind, they naturally desired those who 
spoke their language or came from the same section of 
Germany, and would meet the ships which were bringing 
in cargoes of willing work rs. Many of the masters were 
exceedingly kind to them. The most of their suffering was 
endured on the long ocean trip from the old land to the 

A part of the emigration to tin Colonies was com- 
posed of servants who were of two classes. The first and 
larger, poor and oppressed in the land of their nativity, 
sometimes the victim of political changes, or religious 
intolerance, submitted to a temporary servitude as the 
price of freedom, plenty and peace. Th r > second class, was 
in the main made up of vagrants and f Ions, the dregs 
of the populace of the British empire. They were cast by 
'he mother country upon the Colonies, with the most sel- 
fish disregard of the feelings she outraged. From this 
moral pr-stilence the first settlers shrank back with horror. 
The matter became so bad that later a duty of five pounds 
was imposd upon every convicted felon brought to the 
Province. The importer was also required to give surity 
for the good behavior of the convict for one year. 

The African slave trade at its worst was no worse than 
that which many of the German R'demptioners suffered 
in their desire to establish a home in the land of free- 
dom. In fact the Negro slave fared better often in the 
hands of his master than th" Redemptioner. The Redemp- 
tioner had only a limited time to serve but the Negro 
slave belonged to the master for his life, unless disposed 
of to another. 

While ther- is no record at hand indicating that many 
of the first Brethren came as Redemptioners, if any, it 
is likely that many who at a later date became members 

of the church, had com" to the country in this manner. 
A comman language drew them together as a magnet. 
Thus in and near Germantown many of them settled to 
be able to restore fellowship of a common Fatherland 
and a common language. 

The first Germans who came to America, as colonis'.s 
in Pennsylvania were, as a rule, well to do. Nearly all of 
them in the beginning of that mighty exodus had suffi- 
cient means to pay all the charges incurred in going 
down the Rhine to the sea, and enough besides to meet 
the expenses of carrying them across the ocean, and yet 
have some left when they arrived to pay part or all upon 
the lands which they took up. The large tracts taken up 
by the colony at Germantown and at Conestoga are all 
sufficient evidence of this. This continued to be the rule 
for some time, when the great exodus from the Palati- 
nate set in. 

The poorer classes took notice of this. If America was 
a place where the rich could become even richer, surely 
it was a place where the poor might better themselves. 
Fathers who had left the pangs of poverty and persecu- 
tion desired to flee with thrir friends from the land of 
oppression to the land of promise. 

The first Brethren came because they desired freedom 
from the persecution in the Fatherland, and the oppor- 
tunity to worship God according to the dictates of their 
own conscience They had been harrassed and driven from 
country to country until there was no hope for them with- 
out pioneering in the land across the seas. When they 
b~ard of the Colony established by William Penn, this 
was naturally their first choice when they planned to leave 
the land of their birth. Thy had heard of the freedom 
of worship and of the friendliness of the founder of this 

Elder Johannes Naas, who next to Alexander Mack, 
was the most celebrated and influential memb"r of the 
Taufer or Brethren Church in Germany, came to this 
country in 1733. Shortly after his arrival he wrote a 
long letter to his son Jacob Wil'helm Naas, who was liv- 
ing in Switzerland at the time, in which all the incidents 
and circumstances of the voyage were minutely detailed. 
The letter is well worth reading. Want of space prevents 
its appearance in this article. However should the reader 
be interested it may be found in Brumbaugh's History 
of the Brethren from page 108 to 123. Naas, like many 
others was touched by the difficulties of those who were 
seekers of new homes in the Western wilderness of Amer- 

Even as God heard the cry of His children in Egyptian 
slavery, when they cried to Him in their misery, and 
raised up one to lead and help; so did He in regard to 
those of a later day. One had come from the Fatherland 
after receiving a splendid education. His name was Chris- 
topher Saur. He was a man of many trades and skills. 
Born in 1693 in Laasphe, a village of Wittgenstein, in 
Westphalia, Germany, not far from Schwarz^nau, he was 
in the center of religious turbulence. Fourteen years 
younger than Alexander Mack, he could not have been 
ignorant of the part Mack had played in the German 
province. Saur married one who is mentioned as Maria 
Christina and to them one son was born in 1721. 
(Second part next week) 

JANUARY 5, 1952 



general Gonference 
Secretary deceives 

Two Official TfZephes 

AT OUR RECENT General Conference two paragraphs 
from the Report of the Resolutions Committee be- 
came the text of a letter which was sent to Harry S. Tru- 
man, President of the United States and also to J. Ed- 
gar Hoover, of the F. B. I. 

The following paragraphs from these resolutions be- 
came the base of the letter written by Brother C. Y. Gil- 
mer, Conference Secretary. The text of his letter follows, 
written in duplicate to the two offices: 

September 1, 1951 
Dear Sir: 

The Sixty-Third General Conference of the Brethren 
Church, held at Ashland, Ohio, August 20-26, 1951, took 
cognizance of the recent exposures of gambling, corrup- 
tion in places of honor, and the extreme consumption of 
liquor in the United States as a grave menace to our 
democratic government, the church, and the nation. We 
favor all educational and governmental functions by 
which this may be corrected. The conference recommends 
to the local churches that they lend full support to any 
organization or movement to correct or eliminate these 
practices. The conference instructed the Conference Sec- 
retary to inform Mr. Harry S. Truman, President of the 
United States, and Mr. J. Edgar Hoover of the F. B. L, 
of its action concerning these matters. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Clarence Y. Gilmer, 
Sec. General Conference of The Brethren Church. 

In due time Brother Gilmer received replies from each 
office, the texts of which appear below: 

The White House 

September 12, 1951 
My dear Mr. Gilmer: 

Your letter of September first to the President has been 
received. He is very glad you sent him this expression of 
the constructive views of your associates of the Brethren 
Church and he asks me to thank you for assuring him of 
your support of the efforts of the Government to elimi- 
nate the many evils affecting the welfare of our nation. 

Very sincei'ely yours, 

William D. Hassett, 
Secretary to the President. 

United States Department of Justice 
Federal Bureau of Investigation 

Washington, D. C. 

September 7, 1951 
Mr. Clarence Y. Gilmer, 

General Conference of Brethren Church 
506 East State Street, 
Huntington, Indiana 

Dear Mr. Gilmer: 

Your letter of September I, 1951, rega 

lutions made at the Sixty-third 0<n<ral < .<,- 

Brethren Church held at Ashland, Ohio, U<>v.\ Auga t 20 

to 2(>, 1951, has been received in the absence of Mr. 

Hoover from Washington. 

You may be sure that your communication will be 
called to his attention upon his return to the city. In th'r 
meantime I am enclosing a statement he mad': before the 
Kefauver Committee which I thought you would lik' 

Sincerely yours, 

Helen W. Gandy, Secretary. 

A few excerpts from the above report of Mr. Hooi 
might be interesting to our readers. The entire report 
would be too long to give within these columns. Hon 
the following paragraphs carry an interesting no" 

"Law enforcement is only as effective as the citizens 
demand. If the community, as a group or as individuals, 
does not desire effective law enforcement, then there will 
not be effective law enforcement. That proposition has 
been abundantly proven. The ultimate responsibility for 
a crime free community rests at home — with the citizens 
of the community itself — when they assume their respon- 
sibility . . . 

"The American system of law enforcement is based on 
the mutual cooperation of national, state and local agen- 
cies, each working within the democi - atic framework of 
government . . . 

"There is no mystery about good law enforcement. It 
merely applies to crime detection the same principles of 
efficiency necessary to any well organized business. Re- 
gardless of the potential effectiveness of law enforcement 
agencies as such, they are powerless to give their full 
measure of protection unless properly supported . . . 

"The solution of the crime problem is a simple matter: 
Enforce existing laws fairly and impartially, vigorously 
and relentlessly, and mobilize the full force .of every me- 
dium of education as to the facts about crime." 

And his closing paragraph: "We can never have a 
crime-free America until all who stand for law and order 
are united and determined to mobilize against those who 
constitute our army of lawlessness. Only a return to the 
fundamentals upon which this Nation was founded — a 
moral awakening — a revitalized spirit and a rededieation 
of service to our fellow man — can make this a reality." 

If by "moral awakening" Mr. Hoover means a return to 
the cardinal principles of Christian faith and action — 
well and good. We believe that an elimination of the i 
stant "crime enactments" shown both in the movie and 
over television, which scenes are putting many thoughts 
in the mids of the children that should never be the: e. 
and the constant reminding them of the various "brews" 
which they are told "contribute to their well being." will 
do much toward solving many of the "Crime Potentials" 
which are being built up day by day. Resolutions should 
be made, but "action'' should follow that the resolution 
may be put into effect. 

"Can live as good a Christian out of the Church as in 
it." But do you? 

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Doctor J. Garner Drusha] 


J. Garber Drushal ^Receives *Ph. D. Degree 

The Missionary Board is happy to announce the academic achieve- 
ment of its president, J. Garber Drushal, who received the Ph.D. de- 
gree at tht Ohio State University in its quarterly graduation exercises 
on December 20, 1951. 

Brother Drushal, the son of Reverend and Mrs. George Drushal of 
Lost Creek, Kentucky, attended Ashland College, graduating in 1935 
with the A.B. degree; then he served as Alumni Secretary at Ashland 
the following two years. 

During the succeeding years he taught in ithe University of Missouri, 
at Queen's College in New York City, and at Capital University in Co- 
lumbus. Serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during 
World War II, he taught extensively in various fields, djoing some 
teaching while stationed in the Caribbean area. While studying in Co- 
lumbus he spent considerable time helping with speech therapy at 
Children's Hospital in that city. 

He fulfilled the requirements for the Doctor's degree by taking 
graduate work at Cornell University and the Ohio State University. 
Later in 1950 he visited our mission field in South America, from which 
trip he brought back valuable information and suggestions for fur- 
ther missionary work. 

At present Doctor Drushal is associated with Wooster College at 
Wooster, Ohio where he is Professor of Speech. He serves as presi- 
dent of our Mission Board and a trustee >of Ashland College. 

Congratulations, Doctor Drushal! We are proud of you! 


The new church at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania is pro- 
moting a heavy program already. Since the dedication 
of th<- Portable Chapel, they have entertained the Penn- 
sylvania Brethren Laymen's group. They are holding mid- 
week pray i ices and have had one or more church 
fellowship programs. 

On Sunday, November 18, they held special ground- 
breaking services. This is the first step for the new per- 
manent church. If weathi r permits, they may set the 

foundation yet this winter. Reverend Dyoll Belote, Pas- 
tor at Linwood, Maryland, gave the address at this ser- 

Brethren! It is interesting and worthy of note that 
both churches, namely — Wayne Heights and Tucson — 
have responded commendably to the general appeals of 
the church thus far. 

The Promotion Committee of the Missionary Board is 
still alive and plans to present a new field to the Board 
for consideration early in 1952. Pray for a most unusual 
account of ourselves in the new year. E. M. R. 


JANUARY 5, 1952 




One hundred twenty-nine laymen of the Southern In- 
diana District gathered at the Flora Brethren Church on 
Monday evening, November 19th, for their regular quar- 
terly meeting. 

After a very delicious meal, served by the ladies of 
the host church, we assembled for our evening program. 
Devon Humbarger as a member of the host church, acted 
as program director and Rev. J. Milton Bowman of the 
Peru church led us in group singing, using the follow- 
ing: "Glory to His Name" and "We're Marching to Zion," 
with Mrs. John Miller accompanying at the piano. 

Russel Kuns led our evening devotions, reading from 
the twelfth chapter of Romans and leading in prayer. 
Two beautiful piano duet numbers were played by the 
Misses Elaine McDaniel and Madonna Jordan. 

Our retiring Chairman, Kenneth Stout, had charge of 
the business session. The secretary's and treasurer's re- 
ports were read and approved. In calling the roll we found 
we had representatives present from eleven of our eight- 
een churches. Mr. Stout made recognition of the new 
pastors in our district. The Loree Church extended an 
invitation for our February meeting and the Peru Church 
for our May meeting, the latter will be a joint meeting 
with the layrcrn of the Northern Indiana District. 

The nominating committee presented the ballot for the 

election of officers. National Laymen President, Bud 
Hunter, made some very timely v,: marks concerning our 
Goals. Jack Rife, Vice President of the Southern Indiana 
Youth Group, announced their meeting at the Peru Church 
on November 24th. The nominating committe? then an- 
nounced the election of officers as follows: 

President Wayne Betzner Jr., Loree 

Vice President Arthur Stahl, Huntington 

Secretary-Treasurer . .Guy V. Purdy, North Manchester 

A quartet of young men sang, "The Church in the 
Wildwood." Mr. Humbarger introduced J. C. Yunker, a 
layman from the Flora Church and Superintendent of the 
Carroll County Schools, as speaker of the evening. Mr. 
Yunker read I Kings 9:1-9 and II Chronicles 7:12-14, as 
a basis of his remarks. He said that the nation of Israel 
under the leadership of King Solomon, had the choice of 
two alternatives — either "following the wisdom which 
cometh from God and the establishment of the Throne 
upon Israel forever" or "to turn from following God at 
all and Israel to become a byword to all people." But 
they forsook the Lord their God — therefore evil came 
upon them. 

He continued by saying that our own nation today is 

in a similar condition like unto I rael. W< 
fully blessed with wisdom and material i 

ing World Wars I and II we . -->Ul thai 
our eide, but when these war:-: were ov r, who had won 
the war? What happened to God? We failed to V ■ Hirn 
credit. In a recent religious than 409$ of the 

people had connection with any church and only L< 
made any attendance record. America, W;jk<- Qp! We 
make our community, our state or our nation the kind 
we want, if we, as Christians, will take our stand. 
Where lies our security? It seems that we have lost all 
Faith and wie "abolish hell and liberalize heaven." We are 
indifferent to the evils that are eating at the very vitals 
of our civilization. If we, as a nation, are destroyed, it 
will not be by any of the communistic nations, but by 
our very selves while we are asleep at th'r switch. Re- 
member our safety and security lies with the Lord. II 
Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people . . . will humble 
themselves and pray . . . and turn from thir wicked 
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their 
sin, and will heal their land." 

Mr. Yunker closed with this challenge, "We must rec- 
ognize God and give Him the credit." 

R v. Bowman led in singing "Sweetest Name I Know," 
and Rev. C. A. Stewart, Flora pastor, pronounced the 
benediction. Guy V. Purdy. Secretary. 


The Cerro Gordo laymen organized on the evening of 
September 7, at the home of Rev. W. L. Thomas. At this 
time officers were elected and plans were discussed t 
the future of the organization. 

The second meeting was held at Brother Simeon Stogs- 
dill's home on October 8. More plans were made for fu- 
ture meetings, more officers were elected, and subscrip- 
tions were made for the Laymen's magazine. 

The third meeting was held at the Church. Rev Thomas 
led in the topics taken from the Brethren Evangelist on 
"Old Age." Several scriptures were read from the Bible 
and interesting points were filled in by Rev. Thomas. 

The last meeting of December 10 was held in David 
McDonald's home. John Fulk was leader. Before his main 
topics he brought out some helpful suggestions for the 
ushers. His topics for the evening were points fron 
sermon sent by Rev. C. E. Johnson from Stockton. Cali- 
fornia. Rev. Johnson wrote this letter in bed shortly after 
he returned home from the hospital. The theme of the 
letter was, "What is Man That We are Mindful of Him." 
It was a very interesting letter which contained much 
food for thought. 

Letters from other Church Laymen were read by Presi- 
dent Charles Snoke, telling of their activities in their or- 

Our next meeting will be held at the Church at which 
time we expect to have a guest speaker bring us the 
message. Claude R. Stogsdill. Publicity Agent. 




Item* of General Interest 

(Continued from Pajre 2) 

Bryan. Ohio. Brethren Frank Roeseh and Russel Snyder 
delivered a truck load of food and clothing- which was 
donated by the membership and friends of the church to 
the Lost Creek Mission recently. 

Brother E. J. Black says, "The pastor had the pleasure 
of baptizing five persons recently, three of which united 
with the Bryan Church. The other two were moving- out 
of town soon, so did not unite." 

Goshen. Indiana. We note that Brother and Sister Dan- 
iel Bechtel. well known over the Northern Indiana Dis- 
trict, held "Open House" on December 16th, the occasion 
being their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. 

Baptismal services were held in the Goshen church on 
the afternoon of December 2nd. 

The Gleaners Class spent an evening repairing and 
painting toys and dressing dolls, and these, along with 
$100.00 worth of new tools, were taken to Lost Creek, . 
four couples making the trip. They stayed at the Mission 
for sen-ices on Sunday and report a very enjoyable time. 

Elkhart, Indiana. .Brother King reports the reception of 
eighteen into membership on the closing Sunday in No- 
vember. He also says that five were to be received later, 
these five being the result of the recent meeting which 
was held by Brother Klingensmith. 

Nappanee, Indiana. The Nappanee Choir presented the 
cantata, "The Nativity," as a vesper service at 4:30 on 
Sunday, December 23rd. 

Warsaw. Indiana. Brother Beekley says that beginning 
on Sunday, January 6th, they are showing the twelve 
sound films on the "Life of Paul," and that these will be 
concluded some time during the Lenten Season. 

The children of the Sunday School presented the pag- 
eant, "Message of the Manger," on Sunday evening, De- 
cember 23rd. 

Brother Beekley writes as follows: "Our High School 
Class von first place in the Warsaw Christmas Decorating 
Contest with a scene built around our new bulletin board. 
We had record crowds at both our morning and evening 
services December 23rd." We will have more to say about 
the "Bulb-tin Board" next week. 

Peru, Indiana, We learn that Mr. Oury, of the Peru 
High School, was a recent speaker at the Brethren Youth 

The Ambassador Quartet is scheduled for a service at 
the Peru Church on Sunday, January 6th. 

Burlington, Indiana. Mrs. Blanche Yost sends us a list 
of their recent elected officers, and we note that Brother 
Karl Oyler is the Moderator, and Brother Lloyd Williams 
is the Sunday School Superintendent. 

Milb-dgeville, Illinois. We note that Dr. W. S. Bell was 
tne speaker at the morning service on December 16th, arid 
that Miss Veda Liskey was the evening speaker. We 
learn that Brother White, while slowly improving, is not 
yet able to assume his full quota of duties after having 

submitted to surgery. Continue your prayers for his full 

A new bulletin board has been erected in front of the 
Milledgeville church. This was the gift of the Junior W. 
M. S., with the Men's Bible Class providing materials 
and labor for erecting it. The entire project was super- 
vised by Brother Virgil Bushman. 

Lanark, Illinois. Brother Clayton .Berkshire, who stopped 
over in Lanark at his father-in-law's home after having 
attended to some Mission business in Chicago, graciously 
spoke at the morning service on December 9th. Miss Veda 
Liskey spoke at the evening hour on December 16th, at 
the W. M. S. Public Service. 

Lanark went over the top in both their Educational and 
and Home Mission offerings, giving $222.90 on Educa- 
tional Day, as compared to $160.00 in 1950, and $483.53 
for Missions this year as compared with $298.80 in 1950. 

On Sunday evening, December 23rd, the church under 
the direction of Mrs. Hamel, presented the cantata, "The 
First Christmas." Although the temperature stood near 
zero outside, the choir sang beautifully to about 200 peo- 
ple who gathered for the evening. 

The above items were sent to us by Brother Hamel. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Gentle reports the reception 
of nine by baptism on December 9th, as ,a result of the 
recent revival which was held by "The Richers." 

The Annual Christmas Party was observed with a pot- 
luck supper on Thursday evening, December 20th, at the 

MorrilL Kansas. Brother Robert Bischof tells us of the 
baptism and reception of one new member on Sunday, 
December 16th. We note also that a number of the mem- 
bers of the Hamlin, Kansas, congregation, which church 
has been closed because of insufficient membership to 
carry on, have been received into the membership of the 
Morrill Church. These two churches are only about six or 
seven miles apart and many of the members live near the 
Morrill Church. We are sorry for the closing of the Ham- 
lin work, but glad for the uniting of its members with 
the Morrill congregation. 

Brother C. C. Grisso in Tucson, Arizona. Brother Grisso 
writes us as follows: "You might inform our many Evan- 
gelist friends that our address while here in Tucson is 
4356 Whitman Avenue. We expect to be here until April 
1st. We are enjoying this land of sunshine immensely. I 
supplied as Bible teacher for an adult class yesterday 
(December 16th) which had thirty in attendance. There 
were seventy-seven in the entire Sunday School, with 
ninety for the worship hour. We are finding many eastern 
Brethern here. The season's greetings to all." We watch 
the growth of Tucson with much interest and joy. 


So many of our readers have been wondering about the 
condition of little Bonnie Munson, that we are very glad 
to give you a first hand report direct from Brother 
Charles Munson, who is in Ashland today (December 
27th). His report is as" follows: Bonnie is now out of the 
hospital and in the home of her grandparents, whose 

JANUARY 5, 1952 


address is 2G1 View Street, Johnstown, Penna. She will 
be there until she is admitted to a hospital of a different 
type, where more physical activity is given. This may 
be in two weeks, or it may be two months; the time is 
indefinite. Brother Munson reports that ,Bonnie is and al- 
ways has been a very cheerful little patient, and that 
she is trying with all her will and might to cooperate 
with, each different exercise which is given her. She has 
movement in both arms, can feed herself, and also use 
her feet a little. She keeps saying, "It surely is a mir- 
acle how I can use myself as well as I can." And it is 
surely due to the power of God and the prayers of His 
people. Keep on Praying definitely for her complete re- 

Boys' Brotherhood Program 

Rev. Percy C. Miller. 

Topic: "The Old Year and the New" 

Leader speaks. This new year is an event of tremen- 
dous importance. The earth and the sun are wheels in 
the clock which measure time for mortal man. God has 
given to man a handful of yars. The passing of the old 
year and the coming of the new tells us how far we have 
journeyed from the cradle and how near we have come 
to the confines of thn grave. To the little child it is a 
matter of pride and joy to be able to say it is one year 
older, but man seems to part reluctantly with ,a. year 
when he has only a few golden summers and autumns left 
in the urn of his life. God created the earth, making it 
a habitable planet which is covered with happy homes, 
schools, cities, and rich cultivation. So here we have 
the thought that the old year is a golden drop flung off 
by the soul's life. Slowly the old year has been stored 
with its treasures of thoughts and deeds and ambitions 
and achievements. With definite care the Pilgrims stored 
their ships with seeds, roots, plows, hoes, carts, and im- 
plements to be ready for future harvests. When all was 
ready the ship turned toward the golden west and the 
summerland lying beyond the sunset. Not otherwise the 
year is a boat stored with soul treasure. The greatest 
harvests are invisible; the real sheaves are the intellect; 
the sweetest fruits are ripened on the boughs of affec- 
tions. The golden gems that are most precious are vir- 
tues and sound character. All this treasure is unseen by 
mortal eyes when it is stored in the old year. 

1. Flying years rob man of his youth and vital force. 
We can see here that we will not alwaysi have our youth- 
ful vigor. It behooves us to use the en~rgy that God has 
given us in our youth for His cause. Our generation tests 
youth by asking questions: Are these feet running errands 
of mercy, commerce, justice, social reform, or of public 
spirit. When the tides of youth run deep and strong, youth 
awakens to a continual song and every day is a feast. 

2. Passing years also takes away the arena for man's 
work and the time stuff out of which he builds his career. 
All the great structures of society are builded out of the 
material named time. Nature herself can do nothing with- 
out a long outreach of future years. Sun, soil, and rain 

are impotent without '■', months of time. The oak ask tot 
a century; the redwood ask:-; for SO the Doi 

in Cologne, needed GOO years for completion. In the far 
north no harvest comes and goes o-'au <• the imi 
too short. Man's soul asks for an a." de and arr.: 

Even youth's fifty years seem somewhat short. I ••<•<! 

to plan our youth in such a way 'hat we will bo the most 
•useful in later years. Do our very best now! 

3. Old years rob us of our friends, our coun '.he 

strong arm on which we one time leaned, the step whose 
coming always brought sunshine and not shad . So si- 
lently do earth's great ones steal away that ■■• 
startled to discover that they have gone. A little handful 
of your life lingers on after your companions have gone. 
You may have kept your friendship in good repair by 
replacing old friends with n w ones. If you would know 
the fulness of life, be a friend to all now while you are 
in your youth. Continue to make friends and be one your- 
self., Verily the time is short. What saints and heroes we 
are all going to be some day. How sadly we over-work 
the new year in our though' s. But it is now or never 
with the soul and God. Do not say you have done enough; 
no man has ever done enough for his fellows. Blessed 
are those great hearts who always feel that they can 
not do enough. My best for Jesus is not enough. For me 
to do less than my best for Him is a sin. 

Uhe College Chapel k Diary 
As Observed by The Editor 

In our last report we said we hoped to have much to 
tell you about the progress made in the Chapel. Well, we 
have. Of course this is being written before the end of 
the old year, even though it appears in the first issue of 
the new year, the time of this report being Thursday, De- 
cember 27th. 

The floor is practically finished in the balcony. There 
are seven risers for the seating, each sufficiently above 
the other that a clear view of the auditorium may be 
seen from any part of the balcony. Soon it will be entire- 
ly ready ready for the placing of the seats. 

Looking down from the balcony we see tne men work- 
ing diligently on the flooring of the front platform. The 
steps leading up from either side are finished and the 
flooring begun. 

The men of a firm from Mansfield are at present blow- 
ing the insulation into the space between the roof and 
the auditorium ceiling. The large room is warm and com- 

Going to the basement we find that installation has 
begun on the fixtures of the rest rooms, and that plat- 
forms and short steps have been poured which lead fi 
the basement to the rest rooms and the front stairways 
to the upper vestibule. More heat pipes are being put into 
the basement in preparation for the turning on of the 
heat in both units. 

It will be the little things that fail to show up "big*' 
that will be getting the attention of the workmen from 
this time forth. What we tell you from time to time now. 
may not be so interesting, but we will seek to keep the 
readers of The Evangelist as fully informed as possible. 




Topic for January 13, 1952 


Evodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Hebrews 11:6; John 4:24; 

1 Jonn 4:8-16 

T-\ OUR STUDY ABOUT GOD we are confronted with 
a subject that is far too vast for a complete coverage 
in one lesson. We read in the scriptures that God is love, 
and that no man hath seen God at any time. We also 
read that we must believe that He is. Nowhere in scrip- 
ture is there any effort made to prove the existence of 
God The Bible takes the r ality of God as an undenied 
fact. There are many things we do not and cannot know 
about God. On the other hand, there is sufficient data in 
the Bible to convince us of His reality., There is suffi- 
cient explanation to tell us all about God that we need 
to know this side of eternity. Let us open the scriptures 
and learn more about Him. 

1. GOD IS A SPIRIT. John 4:24. We are made in the 
image of God, which image has been marred by sin, but 
which can be r stored to its original status- through our 
faith in Jesus Christ. Thus our true self (sinful or re- 
deemed) is an eternal spirit, which dwells in this body 
<>f flesh. Jesus was spirit only until He came and was 
bom in Bethlehem as the baby Jesus., Thn He was resi- 
dent in the flesh. Much mystery centers about God, be- 
cause w cannot comprehend to any degree what we mean 
when we think of spirit. Yet this Spirit, which is God, 
is a personality who can think, act and do as we see Him 
do. God is not mysterious force, as some would have us 
beli've. God is not some unknown power that acts with- 
out interest in the universe or the affairs of men. God 
is not some lifeless elemnt operating under some kind 
of perpetual motion as He runs the universe. God is a 
Person, with mind, knowledge, wisdom, judgment, sight 
and complete control. We must recognize Him as such, 
and must remember that He sees all and knows all. We 
cannot escape the eternal eye of God. 

2. GOD THE CREATOR OF ALL. According to the 
scriptures God created all things. We dare not speculate 
as to where He obtained all the space of the universe or 
the material with which He made it. We must recognize 
the power of God to create all things. Scoffers and unbe- 
lievers have sought to explain the origin of the universe 
and the beginning of life upon the earth. They have 
sought to explain, on purely natural lines, the growth 
and operation of the universe. But such have as yet been 
unable to <xplain how it all got started in the first place. 
The Bible, which we believe, simply states that "In the 
beginning God created the heavens and the earth." God, 
then, is the first cause. We Brethr n believe that without 
doubt. For any shadow of doubt upon this truth will 
cloud the whole story of scripture. This truth is further 
brought out when Moses and God were talking in the 

desert. Moses asked God what to tell Pharaoh when asked 
who had sent him. God told Moses that "I AM that I 
AM" hath sent you. God, eternal, Creator of all things. 
This, we believe as a fundamental of our faith. 

3. GOD, ETERNAL TRINITY. It is hard for us to re- 
alize that God had no beginning; that He had always 
been, and that He shall always be. God cannot change, 
for He is perfect. To be any less than perfect, He would 
not be God. He cannot be more perfect than perfect. 
Thus God cannot change. We read of God, the Father, 
God the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. How explain this? 
Certainly not by saying that there are three Gods. For, 
with three Gods, you would not have unity, but confu- 
sion. That is all that could result: three Gods, each with 
a will, each trying to become greater than the other two. 
Lucifer's revolution in heaven, and the plunge of God's 
beautiful earth into the chaotic state of Genesis 1:2, re- 
sulted when even one of God's created beings sought to 
be master. Yet we have these three distinct personalities 
in the Trinity of the God-Head: the Father, the Son, and 
the Spirit. We can safely explain this by saying that God 
is one God with three distinctions in His being. There is 
the Father, whose will is supreme; the Son, with a will 
of His own, yet who brought that will into the will of the 
Father (as we note in the prayer of Jesus in Geth- 
semane), and the Spirit seeking to do the will of the 
Father and the Son. Unity of purpose and will makes 
possible these three distinct personalities in the Trinity 
known as God. Would that we, in our churches, were as 
united in will and purpose as the God we claim to serve. 

4. GOD, THE FATHER. Specifically now, we consider 
th~ Father. It was He who spoke early in Genesis to the 
other members of the Trinity and said, "Let US make 
man in our own image." It is He who spoke from heaven 
when Jesus was baptized and said, "This is my beloved 
Son in whom I am well pleased." It is He who turned 
from J^sus when He hung upon the cross, bearing our 
sins. It is He who sent His Son to be the sacrifice for 
sin. It is He who loved us enough to give that One most 
precious to Himself to redeem us from sin. It is the 
Father who made it possible for us, through the Son, to 
become sons of His own family., It is He who shall wel- 
come us to the mansions of Glory. It is He who shall sit 
upon the Great White Throne to Judge all those who died 
in) their sin. It is He by whos° hand shall come the new 
heavens and the new earth. The Father: Creator, God of 
Love, God of Wrath, eternal, all sufficient in Himself, 
everywhere at once, all-seeing, all-knowing. There is no 
escaping Him. It is He who showeth mercy to penitent 
hearts. It is He who heareth our prayers through Jesus 
Christ. It is He who provides for our every need, and is 
a present help in time of trouble. 

5. REVERENCE FOR GOD. That is why we as Breth- 
ren should always hold a deep reverence for God. The 
tabernacle taught the Israelites reverence for God. Smoke 
surrounding the altar; the veil; the sacrifice — all point- 
ing to a deep reverence for God. In the days of the tem- 
ple, the people were taught to worship God therein. They 
were taught that in remembering God, that He would 
remember them; but that in forgetting God, wrath would 
come upon them from. Him. This is sill true today. That 

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JANUARY 5, 1952 


IPrayer Ylfleeting 

JBy C. T. §ilmev 


By an M.A. and Doctor of Science 

O Science, how once I admired thee, 

A beacon of truth and light; 
My heart is now heavy and harrassed, 

To see thee in pitiful plight. 

For many, pretending to love thee, 
Yet perverse have led thee to shame; 

On thee they would foist Evolution, 
Put forward in thy worthy name. 

A calling so high was before thee, 
To trace throughout nature, design; 

The wisdom of God thus unfolding, 
Proclaiming creation divine. 

As, Science, how failing and fallen! 

Ambitious thy glory to win; 
And flattering man for his progress, 

With theories hiding his sin. 

Shall nature forever keep silence ? 

Nay, even the stones will cry out; 
Though man may ignore his Creator, 

A glad hallelujah they shout. 

The manifold works of Jehovah — 
In oceans, on earth, in the sky — 

Unite in magnificent chorus 

In praise to their Maker on High! 


Creation is divided into three kingdoms, Mineral, Vege- 
table, and Animal. The Mineral kingdom has no life, the 
Vegetable, unconscious life; the Animal, conscious life. 
The three kingdoms are distinct, yet largely dependent on 
each other. The Vegetable depends upon the Mineral, and 
the Animal depends upon the Vegetable kingdom. There 
is no evolution here because the higher assimilates and 
lifts the lower. So the Spiritual kingdom reaches down 
and transforms the natural powers of man. 

is why we insist on the deepest reverence for God. We 
may shut Him out of our hearts; out of our lives, but 
that does not destroy God. We may do our deeds of evil 
in the dark to hide them, but God's all-seeing eye pierces 
th^ dark. We may hide our sins from others, but God 
knows and sees the heart. God knows all the excuses we 
make for not coming to church, whether they be real or 
not. God is First Cause of all life. He is also the Last 
Judge who shall seal the destiny of every person. Let us 
be true to Him. 

The only reasonable explanation for the origin of th- 
is (Jen. L:l, and John L:3. How creation 

plained in Psalm 33:6, '■>, and Hebrew* 11:3. Apparently 

something happened between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. for 
Isaiah 45:18 denotes a perfect and orderly creation, and 
not a waste. The disorder that occurred may have been 
caused by the rebellion of Satan against God H:~a. 14:9-15; 
24:1; Jer. 4:23-25; Ezek. 28:11-18). Here may ha 
currcd the geologic ages for the earth is very old and has 
gone through many changes. 

The history, of present creation 18 1 — making of day 
(Gen. 2:5'; 2 — vapors condensed, heavens established 
(6-8); 3 — seas, earth, vegetation (9-13); 4 — sun, moon, 
stars (14-19); 5— aquatic animals and birds (20-23); 6— 
land animals and man (24-31). Verse 21 declares that 
every kind of creature was created independently of other 
kinds. "After its kind" is the fixed law of God; th'-re is 
no possibility of developing one species of life out of an- 
other species. 

Man was created separate from all animal life, and 
given dominion over all other creatures. Man was created 
in the likeness of God, and was not evolved from the 
brute creation, differs from all other animals physically, 
mentally, and spiritually. Man is a distinct creation (Psalm 
8:4-8*. He alone has God-consciousness. Being created 
after the completion of all other creations he has no blood 
relationship to them (Gen. 2:5). Man is a spiritual be- 
ing, dwelling in a physical body, possessing a soul (1 
Thess 5:23! Heb. 4:12; Matt. 10:28). 

Qowments on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for January 13, 1952 


Lesson: Luke 5:1-11 

WHEN WE CONSIDER the topic, it seems strange in- 
deed that these men who were contacted by Jesus, 
according to our 1 lesson text, should be called "Old Fol- 
lowers." Yet these men were "old followers" of God ac- 
cording to the Jewish standpoint and were, indeed, prob- 
ably the "oldest" followers in point of time in following 
after Jesus, for they were His first followers. 

As we met them they were seeking Jesus. Now we 
find Jesus seeking them. Not? the setting. Already peo- 
ple were thronging to the places where Jesus was setting 
forth what verse one of our lesson text calls "the word 
of God." So great was the press of humanity that our 
Lord was in danger of being literally pushed into the 
sea. Seeing His former seekers, these fishermen — Simon 
Peter, James and John, busy at the business of mending 
their nets preparatory to the coming night's fishing, He 
asked them to push out a boat a little from the shore in 
order that He might enter and thus better address the 
people on the shore. This they quite willingly did. 



When H - had finished His teaching, which must sure- 
ly have had a great effect upon His hearers on the shore, 
and which, without doubt, must have had something- to 
do with His own Person and Power. He proceeded to set 
a challenge to His "old followers" to do a little fishing, 
and told them to -launch out into the deep and let down 
their nets for a draught." 

N m fishing on Lake Galilee was all done at night, and 
never in the daytime. Simon Peter very definitely told 
Jesus so. a fact with which, of course Jesus was already 
familiar. But. no doubt, in order not to offend Him, he 
said, "nev rtheless. at thy word I will let down the net." 
What happened is graphically told in verses 6 to 9 — a 
catch so great that it broke their nets and compelled them 
to call for help. 

The story would have been marvelous had it ended 
right there, for it certainly showed the power of Jesus 
over nature, and must have overwhelmed the minds of 
those liseners on the shore. They were, without doubt, 
ereatly astonished, for h re was something that just did 
not ordinarily happen. 

But Jesus had something else in mind and He now 
- ts forth a "new task" for these fishermen— a greater 
fc— a mor lasting task. They were to become "fishers 
of men." That is, they were to "catch men" for the king- 
dom of God. Fishing was a mere human task; catching 
men was to be a calling. 

To such a "new task" Jesus now began to call His fol- 
lowers. And when the call cam? to them we note that 
•'they immediately forsook all, and followed Him." 

Was it worth while? Let John testify— "He came to 
his own and his own received him not. But as many as 
rec ivM him, to them gave he power to become the sons 
of God ..." "That which we have seen and' heard de- 
clare we unto you that ye may have fellowship with us, 
and truly our fellowship is with his Son Jesus Christ." 
Let Petr testify— "Blessed be the God and Father of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant 
mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the 
mrrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inher- 
itance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not 
away, reserved in heaven for you . . . 



Greetings to the Brotherhood at large. We were made 
twice hapjy with the coming of Bro'her Floyd Sibert, 
or <S the Brethren Church of Plasant Hill, Ohio, to 
be our <vangelist in a two-week period of revival effort. 
The church had expressed a desire to have Rev. Sibert 
and it harj b en my longing for several years to work 
with our bio her in a revival campaign. Be assured, we 
wf-re not disappointed Not one word of disapproval have 
we heard of his work. 

Brother Sibert arrived early Monday morning, Novem- 
ber 10th. He began, in his first sermon, to preach old- 
faahkmed, Spirit-filled grace and judgment messages. He 

did not spare anyone, but pleaded with love and warn- 
ings, that both — the confessing Christian, and the sinner 
— find victory in repentance at the Throne of Mercy. The 
pastor had a good lineup of "prospects." Many home calls 
were made, where Brother Sibert thoroughly expounded 
the Way of Life. As a result, several gave their confes- 
sion in the home and then publicly confessed Christ in 
the church at the first opportunity. 

Brother Sibert had the opportunity of bringing short 
sermonets over radio station WOAY, each morning from 
Tuesday through Friday of the first week. Also the pas- 
tor had been invited to bring the Thanksgiving message 
at a union service in the Church of God, where a large 
crowd attended. 

The visible results of these efforts were thirteen bap- 
tized and received into membership. Seven of these were 
heads of homes, while the others were of Junior High 
School age. Three others who gave their confessions in 
homes, await baptism. A total of twenty presented them- 
selvies, usually one at a time, coming forward for a deep- 
er consecration in their walk with the Lord. This was not 
a mass movement, but one of deep conviction in individ- 
uals. Seventy-year-old folks, High School and College 
students, and young parents, were among those who pre- 
sented themselves. Three came forward, requesting the 
anointing service for healing. The church has been re- 
vived and encouraged. We are grateful to God for this 
earnest of a revival. This makes a total of twenty-one 
new members added to the church sinc^ August 1st. 

The Oak Hill Brethren Church wishes to thank the 
Pleasant Hill Brethren Church for releasing their pastor, 
Rev. Sibert, for these two weeks. Also we would not for- 
get the earnest work that has been done by the former 
pastor, Rev. Smith Rose. Truly we labor together, the 
Lord giving the increase. We appreciate the hospitality 
of the local Brethren in inviting us into their homes for 
meals. There is plenty of good food, cooks and fine old 
liberality in the heart of the coal-mining center of West 
Virginia. May God bless these good people. 

We wish to acknowledge the faithfulness of Brother 
Marion Johnson, who was in charge of the prayer service 
which was held every evening preceding the services, and 
the good work of our choir and song leaders, Brother 
Sam Duncan and Miss June Estep, as well as the choir 

Might we add that some material improvements have 
been very recently added. New fluorescent lights were 
installed in the church auditorium, on Wednesday, Decem- 
ber 12th. These are a gift from the Lord through Dr. H. A. 
Duncan, our Moderator and highly esteemed dentist and 
aged citizen of Oak Hill. They were initiated the sam' 
evening in our prayer and Bible study hour. May God 
bless both the lights and Dr. Duncan. Also the church is 
completing the renovation of the parsonage kitchen by 
the installation of built-in kitchen cabinets. Brother Lay- 
ton Pegram has been doing the work. These are now 
completed and will be much appreciated by the pastor's 
wife. What fine Christmas presents the lights and kitchen 
cabinets mak'! Again we say, "Thanks, and God bless 

Arthur H. Tinkel, pastor. 

JANUARY 5, 1952 



Almost a year has passed since there has been a full 
report from the First Brethren Church of North Man- 
chester, Indiana. 

Th^ Rev. D. Richard Wolfe, formerly pastor of our 
Third Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, came to us as 
our pastor on January 1, 1951., It was some weeks before 
the arrival of his wife and baby daughter, therefore the 
reception for the pastor was postponed until their ar- 

The Laymen of the church held their Public Service at 
the morning worship hour on February 11th. Mr. Harold 
Hummel of Goshen, Indiana, was our guest speaker. Holy 
Week services were held in our church in cooperation with 
the Church of the Brethren. Rev. H. F. Richards, pastor 
of the Church of the Brethren, spoke on Monday and 
Tuesday evenings; Dr. R. V. Bollinger of Manchester Col- 
lege, on Wednesday evening, and our own pastor, Rev. 
Wolfe, on Thursday and Friday evenings., 

The Young People of the church had charge of the Eas- 
ter Sunrise Service. At the regular Easter morning wor- 
ship hour there were six babies consecrated. Three new 
members, by baptism and one, by letter, were added to 
the church at this Easter Season. 

All auxiliaries of the church are functioning properly 
and our attendance has held up exceptionally well at both 
Sunday School and Worship Service. 

Under the sponsorship of the Laymen, a great deal has 
been accomplished in the remodelling of our church base- 
ment. A complete new concrete floor has been laid and 
a new Men's Room installed. After laying the concrete 
floor, the W. M. S. sponsored the remodelling of the 
kitchen, installing two new cabinets with double sinks 
and the laying of a tile floor. Then last, but not least, 
the Primary Department of the Sunday School sponsored 
the laying of thr tile floor in the remainder of the 
basement. This was accomplished by the children selling 
blocks at the rate of 15 cents each. This has added great- 
ly to th Q beauty and comfort of the basement. We under- 
stand there is still to be a new gas heater installed for 
the baptistry. La f er in the year the Laymen furnished a 
new set of bookshelves for the parsonage and sponsored 
a clean-up day for the church grounds, at which time 
crushed stone was placed along the curb, full length of 
the church property, making for much better parking fa- 

Rev. John F. Locke came to us on October 5th for one 
week of services. His messages were very timely and 
much appreciated. We observed Holy Communion on Sun- 
day evening during his time with us and had the largest 
attendance at this service there has been for some time, 
there being 108 present. The results of the meeting were: 
three added to the church by letter, thus making the total 
addition of seven during the year. The pastor informs 
me that there are still others awaiting baptism. 

The Sisterhood Girls had charge of the morning wor- 
ship hour on November 4th, with Miss Veda Liskey as 
guest speaker. Mr. Meno Diller of the Gideons was guest 
speaker on December 2nd at the morning worship hour, 
and in the evening the members of the Wabash County 
Boy Scout Court of Honor were our guests and our own 

pastor, Brother Wolfe, was the speaker. Three <A f ><ir b 
received their Eagle Awards, the highest, award in k< 

In the absence of our- pastor, thr- W. M. S. had chai 
of the morning service on December 9th, with Mr. Claude 
Wolf, a returned missionary from Ecuador, Latin A." 
ica, bringing the message, which was very int resting 
and inspiring. The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Don- 
ald Schutz, is preparing a program for Sunday evening, 
December 23rd. 

We have gone through a very busy year in the Loi 
work and we covet the prayers of the entire Brotherhood 
that we may ever go forward in a richer and fuller ser- 
vice for Him. 

Guy V. Purdy, Cor. Sec. 


Greetings from the Denver and Center Chapel Brethren 
Churches to all Brethren: 

Though it has been a long time sincr we have written, 
we are s ill working in the Lord's vineyard, sowing, cul- 
tivating and reaping, the best we can. The Lord has been 
very gracious to us here and we feel we are constantly 
gaining ground, although it seems to come slowly at 

We, at Center Chapel, are growing in numbers and 
interest, the attendance reaching above the one hundred 
mark frequently. We have just recently had to reorgan- 
ize our Sunday School departments and classes, organ- 
izing a new young people's class. We are laying plans for 
adding to our present building and have a fine sum of 
money raised toward that goal. 

Rev. C. A. Stewart was with us for two weeks of evan- 
gelistic services, October 14th to 28th, which was a timr 
of refreshing and blessing indeed. We all were strength- 
ened spiritually and brought into a closer unity of faith 
by the fin? messages of Brother Stewart. Though no souls 
were garnered, it was a time of sowing and cultivating, 
and we felt God's blessing upon us. 

Just recently we have organized a Boys' Brotherhood 
with about twrlve members. Brother Harold Jones and 
wife and .Brother Glen Dillman and wife are sponsoring 
this group. They are now setting up a program and af- 
filiating with the National Organization. 

Today, however, is a day of deep sorrow here. Just yes- 
terday, December 10th. \w were called to the difficult ex- 
perience of laying to final rest the body of Brother Jack 
Rife. Though being laid to rest on his twenty-first birth- 
day, his life in spirit and service, remains an inspiration 
and challenge to all who kivw him. We pray that God 
will lead us to greater spiritual accomplishments as J3ck 
lives in our garden of memory. He has been our Sunday 
School Superintendent since he was seventeen years of 


We are also enjoying the work with our Denver Breth- 
ren very much. This is also a group of consecrated, loyal 
"followers of the Way." 

We closed a two week evangelistic effort on December 
2nd, with Rev. E. J. Beekley of Warsaw serving as our 



evangelist We had a splendid mooting with fine atten- 
dance and interest and with two young people making the 
good confession, and two young married couples uniting 
with us by let or. Wo are truly grateful for God's bless- 
ing upon us. 

At present we are busily engaged in a thorough ren- 
ovating and redecorating program. Wo hope to have it 
finished in time for our Christmas program. 

We bow before God in adoration, praise and thanksgiv- 
ing to ask His continued blessing upon us all. 

Rev. Austin Gable, pastor. 

The following weddings are announced by Brother L. 
V. King, pastor of the Elkhart, Indiana, Brethren Church: 

Norma Plummer to Maurice Linn, at the parsonage on 
July 20th. Norma is a member of the Brethren Church. 

Susan Miller to Richard Houghton, a church wedding on 
July 29th. Richard is a member of the church in Elkhart. 

Arlene Plummer to Richard Doering, in the church 
chapel on September 28th. Arlene is a member of the 
Elkhart church and has had a record of about eight years 
of perfect attendance at Sunday School. 

Phyllis Holdread to Alfred Schmalenberger in the 
bride's home on October 12th, Phyllis is a member of 
the Elkhart church. 

Jacquelyn Wheybrew to Don Ravenscroft in the church 
on October 14th. Both are active members of the Elkhart 

Jean Wargon to Delvin Landis in the church on Octo- 
ber 27th. Both are active members of the Elkhart church. 
Delvin is now in service. 

Elnora Plank to Louise DeFreese at the parsonage on 
Novjember 23rd. Louis is a member of the Elkhart church. 

HOWMAN- FLICKINGER. Miss Donna Ann Howman, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Howman of West Salem. 
Ohio, became the bride of Roy Flickinger, of Wooster, 
Ohio, October 14, 1951. The double ring ceremony was 
held at the Fairhaven Brethren Church in the presence 
of many friends and relatives, officiated by the under- 
signed. Mrs. Flickinger is a member of the Fairhaven 
Church. They are now residing in Wooster, Ohio. 

Lyle Lichtenberger, Pastor. 

TOTH-SUMMER. James Paul Toth and Fernonda Rose 
Summer were united in marriage in the bride's home on 
October 14, 1951. The bride's parents have been members 
of the North Georgetown .Brethren Church for years. The 
pastor, the undersigned, officiated at the double ring cer- 
emony. Robert L. Hoffman. 

ffiaft to Stat 

POLLOCK. James Pollock passed away in Center- 
ville, Iowa, on November 3, 1951. He was past eighty 
years of age. He taught school in various places in Iowa 
over a period of thirty years. A wife and two sons sur- 
vive. Services by the undersigned. 

REPLOGLE. T. E. Replogle was born in Udell, Iowa, 
and pa,ssed away in Centerville, Iowa on November 19, 
1951, at the age of sixty-five years. Services by the Un- 
dersigned,. He is survived by two daughters and three 

W. R. Deeter 

GURNEY. Cora Gurney, a faithful and consistent mem- 
ber of the Elkhart Brethren Church, passed to her eter- 
nal reward after some suffering and pain. Funeral ser- 
vices were held at the Walley Funeral Home on August 

SCHMIDT. Mrs. Grace Schmidt passed to her eternal 
reward, with funeral services at the Westbrook Funeral 
Home on September 25th.l She is survived by her hus- 
band and several children. 

SANDERS. Mrs. Maud Sanders passed quite sudden- 
ly to her eternal reward and funeral services were held 
from the Elkhart church on September 27th. She was a 
faithful member of the church. She leaves to mourn her 
loss, the husband and several children. 

STEWART. Weldon Stewart was killed in action in 
Korea on February 12th. The body was shipped to Elk- 
hart and funeral services were held for him on October 
5th. This is the third son the Stewards have lost in ser- 
vice. Weldon was a member of the church. 

STEWART. Mrs. Ella Baughman Stewart, a member 
of the church, passed to her eternal reward and was bur- 
ied from the church on November 7th. Her former hus- 
band had been custodian of the church. Within the past 
ten years Mr. Stewart has lost two wives by death and 
also three sons in service. L. V. King pastor. 

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Items of general Interest 

Cameron-Quiet Dell, W. Va., Circuit. A very pleasant 
surprise greeted Brother Robert Holsinger, new pastor 
of the circuit, on December 23rd. After he had pronounced 
the benediction at the close of the service, he was told 
that he was to be seated and representatives of the two 
churches came forward and presented him with a fine 
{leak and chair, together with a desk lamp, as an expres- 
sion of their love and good will. Brother Holsinger re- 
ports that there was a fine attendance at this service and 
that all the work of both of the churches is going for- 
ward in a fine way. 

Johnstown, Penna., Second Brother Charles Munson, 
who has been acting as supply pastor for the Second 
Church for several months, reports that the goal of "102 
by '52" was almost reached, their highest attendance be- 
ing 'JH as they came near the close of the old year. They 
fere sure they can make it and more, now that '52 has 

Johnstown, Penna., Third. We glean from Brother A. 
R. Baer's bulletin that the work of the Third Church is 
moving along in fine shape. We note the fact that there 
b a very busy program in evidence. The Senior Choir 
presented a fine program of Christmas music on Sunday 
evening, December 10th, and on Sunday evening, Decem- 
ber 23rd, the Sunday School gave a varied program such 
as is generally pr esented at this time. Brother Baer re- 
ports a fine spirit of cooperation in all departments of 
'be work. 

Brother D. Richard Wolfe, former pastor of the Third 
Church, was guest speaker at the morning service on De- 
cember 9th. 

Meyersdale, Penna. We learn from Brother W. S. Ben- 
shoff's bulletin that as a result of their "Cash Day" for 
additional funds for their local work, the first total was 
$553.85, with more coming in that had not been tabulated 
at the printing of the bulletin. 

The Meyersdale Church had a unified service on Sun- 
day morning, December 23rd, with a program by the chil- 
dren which also included a service of dedication of babies 
by the pastor. 

Canton, Ohio, Trinity. We note that a fine mirror was 
presented to Brother Stogsdill and family at Christmas 
time by the Sunday School and Church. 

A partition has been installed at the foot of the base- 
ment stairs in the church. This assists materially in the 
heating of the basement for the Sunday School. 

Brother Stogsdill reports that Prof. Edwin Boardman 
recently established a "New Hymnal Fund' for the pur- 
chase of new Hymn Books for the church. Brother Board- 
man was supply pastor in the interim between resident 
pastors and served the Canton Church from Ashland for 
a number of months. 

Ashland, Ohio. At the close of the Christmas program i 
on December 23rd, Brother and Sister Rowsey were 
called to the front of the church and presented with a 
"Mix-Master" and two fine pieces of luggage, which the 
church moderator,. Brother Myron Kimmel, hastened to 
assure "The Rowseys" had absolutely no significance as 
they were presented, but rather, learning of the need in 
this field, they were given as a token of love and appre- 
ciation for the work which is being done and will be 

The Choir presented a very fine Christmas cantata on 
Sunday evening, December 16th, and a Watch Night 
Service and Party was sponsored by the Intermediate 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick reports that the new 
motion picture projector was used for the first time at 
their Christmas Party on Friday evening, December 21st. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We quote from Brother Meyer's 

bulletin of December 30th "Forty-eight attended the 

Semper Fidel is Class Christmas Party following the ser- 
vices on Sunday evening (December 23rd). They presented 
their pastor-teacher with a lovely new Bible." 

Brother Meyer reports "a splendid Christmas program" 
which was given on Friday evening, December 21st. It 
was directed by Mrs. Warren Shively and the costumes 
were made by Mrs. James McGrann. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother and Sister White ex- 
press their appreciation for the kindnesses shown them 
during the time Brother White was in the hospital and 
since he has returned home. He is still improving and we 
trust he will soon be back to his normal health. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentle reports that 
there was a gain in the average attendance in Sunday 

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JANUARY 12, 1952 


Thereon Hangs a Tale 

HOW OFTEN, when one begins a story, we hear him 
say, "If you have heard this one, stop me!" Rut 
somehow the story-teller is seldom if ever stopped, nor 
does he expect to be. 

That is the situation in which we find ourselves when 
we come to the time for the setting forth the work of 
the Brethren Publishing Company before the readers of 
The Evangelist. 

Of course I am not saying, "If you have heard all this 
before, stop me," nor do we think that you will, for the 
story has so many different approaches and we never 
try to tell it from the same side, that we trust you will 
stay with us to the very end. 

Our story is like the taking of a trip to an oft visited 
scene; seeing it from different sides and differing circum- 
stances; finding each time new and delightful pictures 
which, when taken together, give us, with each new added 
view, a new and wonderful feeling of possession. Even 
though you may not own one foot of the place you have 
visited, you can carry away with you a possession which 
you can, with closed eyes, recall again and again, each 
time, with renewed interest and satisfaction. 

I remember the late Prof. Byers, who at one time 
taught English in Ashland College, used to say, as he 
would gaze upon the magnificent dwellings of "the elite" 
of Ashland, "They're mine! for I can look upon them, en- 
joy their beauty as I pass on from one to another, pick- 
ing up each in my mind as I go as a possession which no 
one can take away from me, nor from which neither debt, 
fire nor flood can dispossess me. They are mine, for I 
can look upon them and hold them in memory, to be 
called up whenever I so desire." 

"But," you say, "what has that to do with the Publish- 
ing Company? It seems that you have gone rather far 
afield!" Have we? Let us see! 

For the past twelve years we have been urging the 
people of the Brethren Church to come to and stay with 
the support of the Brethren Publishing Company. First it 
was a call to a vision of what might be done to take ad- 
vantage of having a building of our own — one that would 
be a credit to the denomination and grow into a publica- 
tion plant that, after a few years would become a real 
asset to the Brethren Church. 

Now recall the scene of the former locations of your 
Publishing House. Note the inadequacy of both location 
and equipment. Space does not permit us to go deeply 
into this. Suffice it to say that the vision became a real- 
ity — a building was built; equipment which was old and 
outdated was replaced by new and modern machinery; 
payments made as they came due (because of your gen- 
''erosity) resulted in a debt free equipment and an almost 

debt-free building, the amount now owing being so insig- 
nificant that it need not bother us too much. But at the 
same time deficits in publishing your church paper and 
Sunday School quarterlies does not permit us to say, as 
yet, that we can do away with the Publication Day offer- 
ing. And because there is usually a "negation" in this an- 
nual story, this January Offering will remain on our 
program for some time to come. 

"There you go," I can hear you say, "spoiling the story. 
We had a fine picture of it until now. Guess we'll stop 

No, Wait! Don't stop now! I want to tell another story. 

It seems there was a certain negro preacher who gave 
the points of his sermon one by one to his congregation 
as he went along. On this particular Sunday, having a 
rather good audience, he decided to preach a sermon he 
had been holding back for a special occasion. So he be- 

"Breddern and sistern, I'ze goin' t' preach a sermon 
dis mornin' dat I hopes will make yo' think. Ma' first 
point am, 'Dis church am got ta walk!'' 

A good old deacon in the Amen corner shouted out, 
"Amen, brudder, let 'er walk." 

The preacher warmed to his message and cried. "Dis 
church am got ta run!" 

The voice of the deacon arose with another "Amen, let 
'er run." 

The parson, feeling that he was striking a responsive 
chord and striking fire, pitched his voice even higher as 
he brought forth what he thought was to be his clinching 
point — "Breddern, dis church am got ta fly!" 

"Amen, brudder," exclaimed the deacon with fervor, 
"let 'er fly!" 

"But," continued the parson, "it takes money ta make 
'er fly!" 

The deacon slumped back into his seat, and lost his en- 
thusiasm. "Let 'er walk, parson, let 'er walk." 

Surely this is not what Brethren are doing when we 
come to you with the words, "It takes money to make the 
work of the Publishing House fly." We have gone from 
the walking to the running stage, and we need to realize 
that it is a running start that lifts even the airplane into 
its most valuable and worthwhile sphere of activity. 

Our story has simply been a moans set up as a little 
reminder that January is the month which is given over 
to the Publishing Interests. We trust that when we ask 
you to continue your giving in the same very gracious 
manner which you have exhibited in the past few years, 
you will not slump back in your chair and say, "0 well, 
let her walk!" We know you won't do this, and we are 
depending on you. 
Think it over! 




The First TBorn 


Robert L. Keplinger 

/^\l"R FIRST THOUGHT is that of Jesus, the first- 
born son of Mary and the only begotten Son of God. 
The scene of the nativity has become a world-wide sym- 
bol of Christmas. As we see Mary and Joseph and the 
Babe in the stable, we realize that Jesus was the first 
born son of Mary, but more than we realize that He was 
the first-born and only begotten Son of God. It is for 
this reason that the idea of Christ's birth has lived on 
and has been celebrated down through the centuries. His 
humble birth was only the beginning as Jesus had come 
to save His people from their sins. 

Let us go to the midst of a crowded city, or a subur- 
ban shopping center, or a small town community store, 
or a general store at the country cross-roads and at this 
particular time of the year we would probably see a dis- 
play of the manger scene in the window. We are fas- 
cinated by its beauty and stop to gaze and meditate for 
a few minutes. After gazing for a few moments, we be- 
come aware that there is a small child beside us who is 
intently watching this simple scene of Jesus' birth of long 
ago. Now our attention is attracted to the child and we 
watch him a few seconds, his face is pressed against the 
cold glass window and his features have almost become 
flattened as he tries to see every detail of the scene. You 
feel a warmth come over your body as you gaze at the 
child and then you bend down to him and ask, "Can you 
tell me what the scene is all about?" The small lad be- 
comes very alert and a smile and a look of joy comes into 
his face as he replies, "Why, yes, this is a picture of 
the birth of Baby Jesus, see Him there in the manger." 
The child is again busy scanning the scene as you pass 
along on your way. 

Your heart has been warmed by this experience, but 
soon you have forgotten the incident in the rush of Christ- 
mas shopping. Just then you hear the footsteps of a small 
child behind you as you look around, there is the small 
child who stood beside you peering into the window a. 
few minutes before. He seems to want to tell you some- 
thing. As you bend down to hear the words from his little 
voice, he tells you that the Baby Jesus grew to be a fine 
man and that He died on a cross to save people from 
their terrible sins. He wants to be sure you will not for- 
get this story of Baby Jesus and His life. Now indeed 
your heart has been warmed as you see the simple faith 
this child. It marks you with a definite spirit which 
will not only last throughout the Christmas season, but 
will continue throughout the years of your life ahead. 
You will not soon forget what this small child (has told 
and only wish that many other persons could have the 
same experience in hearing of Jesus, the first-born. 

As we consider this subject of Jesus, the first-born, let 
us realize that His birth was only the beginning for this 
son of Mary — that He had come to save His people and is 

i\ Study of The Virgin Joirth 

truly the Son of God. We will deal with the birth of 
Christ and then realize that He was also the first-born 
of all creation, and the Savior of the world, and finally, 
let us repeat with the hymn writer — "Be born in us to- 

The birth of Jesus was a miracle. In Matthew we reau 
"His birth was on this wise," distinguishing it from other 
births. Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary who had 
known no man but had been told of the Holy Spirit that 
she would bear the Son of God. Mary and Joseph lived in 
Nazareth, but came to Bethlehem because of a tax col- 
lection. This only goes to show how man purposes, but 
God disposes in fulfilling the prophecy that Jesus would 
be born in Bethlehem. It is altogether fitting that Ht 
should have been born here since Bethlehem meant "The 
house of bread," and He was to be the Bread of Life. It 
was an obscure place and He was born in a lowly stable 
showing the humility of Jesus and the vainness of worldly 

In this simple, yet very clear account of the birth of 
Christ, we find one of the hardest and most difficult 
parts of the Bible to understand. At this time God be- 
came flesh and dwelt among men as Jesus. The miracle 
of His birth should not be hard to believe because Christ 
Himself is the embodiment of a miracle. In Him exist 
both human and divine nature. If he has existed eternally 
as God, if His earthly ministry was attended by super- 
human works, and if He left the world by a supernatural 
resurrection and ascension, it is not incredible that His 
coming to earth was attended by a miracle and mystery. 
So truly Jesus was God-Man, He had both a human and 
a divine nature in the one body. His birth was of the 
seed of woman and of the seed of the Holy Spirit, a 

Many people do not accept the Virgin birth of Christ 
and deem it unnecessary to consider the parents of 
Jesus. But it did make a difference who the parents of 
r esus were and! we must be well fortified against such 
attacks. Very briefly, I would like to give you some of 
the ideas of Halderman as he considers the parents of 
Jesus and as he says, "It makes a difference as wide as 
eternity." "If our Lord Jesus Christ were begotten by 
a human father, as Joseph protested he was not that 
father, Jesus was born of a mother stained with the sin 
of unchastity. 

"If our Lord Jesus were begotten by a natural father, 
and that father was not Joseph; as Mary was betrothed 
to him, and in the eye of the law as solemnly bound as 
a married woman, in -giving birth to Jesus she became 
as guilty as a wife who breaks her marriage vow. 

JANUARY 12, 1952 


"If Jesus were begotten by a natural father; as that 
father was not Joseph; as that natural father has never 
been known; Jesus was begotten by ,an unknown father 
of an unmarried woman and unknown father is both ille- 
gitimate and bastard, He whom we call the Son of God 
entered into the world with the bar-sinister of His 
mother's unchastity and faithlessness, stamped with tne 
seal of an unknown father's cowardice, and stands before 
men as an illegitimate and bastard son, having no legai 
or decent right to live. 

"If our Lord Jesus Christ were not begotten by God 
the Father of the very seed of the woman, if the act 
of God were not an absolute generative act; if the gen- 
erative act were that of a natural man and the concep- 
tion wholly natural, our Lord Jesus Christ is reduced to 
the level of a merely natural man. If He were a natural 
man; if He were not true and real God; if He were not 
God of God, very God of very God, God the Son as well 
as the Son of God, He was not the second person of the 
Trinity. If He were not the second person of the Trinity, 
there would be not Trinity. Thus if Jesus of Nazareth 
had only a natural father, the doctrine of a Triune God, 
the doctrine that God subsists as three distinct persons 
in the one undivided substance of being falls to the 
ground, and the Church is landed into the front yard of 
open Unitarianism. 

"If our Lord Jesus Christ were begotten by a natural 
father; if as the son of such a father His personalitw 
was only natural; as a natural person is not infinite, as 
only an infinite person can atone to an infinite person; as 
only God can satisfy the law, the government and being 
of God; and since our Lord (as begotten by a natural 
father) could not be God, and was no more at any time 
than a finite person, He could not offer atonement to 

"If therefore, the father of Jesus were a natural man, 
the death of our Lord on the cross was not an atoning sac- 

"If our Lord Jesus Christ were 1 begotten by a human 
father, if as a natural son, with a natural personality 
and a nature of sin, He could not offer an atoning sac- 
rifice nor act as a substitute, it would be evident, since 
God alone can raise the dead, in fairing to be true and 
actual God, He could not fulfill His own promise that af- 
ter laying down His life He would take it up .again; it 
would be evident He could not of Himself raise Himself 
from the dead. And, further, as God, the Father, is said 
to have raised Him, and it is said He should raise Him- 
self; and the Father and the Spirit are represented as 
co-operating with the personal power of the Son to raise 
Himself, since He was a natural man and not God He 
could not co-operate with the Father and the Spirit in 
a supernatural act; and as His failure to so co-operate 
would break down the Scripture Doctrine of the invariable 
co-ordination of the Trinity — resurrection could not take 
place — He never was raised from the dead. 

"It makes a great deal of difference who was the father 
of Jesus. 

"If God, the Father, did not stoop down from heaven, 
and in prime accord with the Son as His verbal and eter- 
nal expression, and through the co-ordinate and covenani 
operation of the Holy Spirit take hold on a cell or seed 

of the Virgin Mary, creating a new and distinct human 
nature which the Son of God took into union with Hirn- 
sel, becoming a unique being with two nalureH, human 
and Divine in one body, and with one personality for- 
ever, then the whole foundation and fabric of ChriHtian- 
ity as set forth in the New Testament is completely over- 

"The men who deny the virgin birth; who do so that 
they may the more easily be delivered from carrying the 
baggage of the miraculous; who shift the fatherhood of 
Jesus from the eternal God to the act of some unknown 
and sinful man, are paying a dear price for their jaunty 
endeavor to accommodate the supernaturalism of Chi 
tianity to the poverty-smitten weakness of their own 
faith, and the noisy clamor of an unbelieving, spiritually 
ignorant, and scoffing world." 

You had probobly not thought of the great implica- 
tions of this one idea of the father of Jesus. There i- 
every reason for us to believe in the Virgin biith of 
Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It has been attested in history, 
in eradition, in creeds, and the Scripture itself attests 
— so it has become a necessary part of the Christian be- 
lief. The real significance of the birth of Jesus lies not 
in the method but in the result of the supernatural birth. 
The real significance lies in the fact that the first-born 
Son of Mary is also the incarnate God who is able to 
save those who put their trust in Him, for He is all that 
His blessed name implies, our divine Savior, "Jesus." 

Leaving the birth of Jesus let us go further into His 
life. Further in His relationship to the Father, expressing 
His priority to, and pre-eminence over, creation. In the 
Old Testament we can see that the first-born occupied a 
place or position of superiority and of privilege. So 
Christ was not only the first-born in the matter of birth, 
but was the first-born in all creation, being equal with 
God. In Colossians 1:15-16, we read, "Who is the image 
of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature: 
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, 
and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether 
they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or pow- 
ers; all things were created by him, and for him." Here 
we see His eternal relationship with the Father is in view, 
and the clause means both that He was the first-born be- 
fore all creation, and that He Himself produced creation. 
In John 1:30, we read of His pre-existence, "This is he 
of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is pre- 
ferred before me; for he was before me.*' 

In Colossians 1:18, we read in reference to His resur- 
rection, "And he is the head of the body, the church: 
who is in the beginning, the first-born from the dead: that 
in all things he might have the preeminence." Then in 
Revelation 1:5 we read, "And from Jesus Christ, who is 
the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, 
and the prince of the kings of the earth." "Unto him 
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own 
blood." Not only was Jesus, the first-born of Mary, but in 
creation He was the first-born, and now in the resurrec- 
tion and the salvation of souls. 

In Romans 8:29, we have His relationship to the 
Church, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predes- 
tinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. that he 
might be the first-born among many brethren." He is 



the Ant-bon to the church and wo are His firstfruits 
which places a great resposibility on us. 

Now let us look at His second Advent, Hebrews 1:6, 
"And again, when he bringeth the firstbegotten into the 
world, he smith, And let all the angels of God worship 
Him." "Again" implies the first Advent, so we see here 
the first-born in the Second Advent. 

We can now see how this idea of Jesus the first-born 
goes far beyond the mere aspect of the first-born son of 
Mary and into the idea of the first-born or the only be- 
gotten So nof God. Jesus as we have recorded in that 
Christmas stroy in Matthew truly did come to save His 
people from their sins. His salvation is open to all men 
and he is the same today and forever, He is the first-born 
in creation and should be in first place in our lives if 
we are truly born-again Christians. 

Jesus, the first-born must be first in our lives this 
Christmas. It is sometimes hard for us to understand 
how Christmas has become so commercialized and many 
people think only of Xmas and seem quite content to leave 
the Christ out of Christmas. I realize that X or "chi" 
coming from the Greek has some significance toward 
Christ, but the majority of people who use this have no 
idea of that. They simply do not put Christ first in their 
lives. His birth is not the reason we celebrate Christmas. 
I was interested in watching several of the Christmas pa- 
rades this year and to see some of the floats as they 
depicted Christmas scenes. Much to my delight, the win- 
ning float in the Johnstown parade was one entitled 
"Christmas Round the World" which depicted the Madon- 
na with the Christchild on a globe of the world with 
streamers reaching to all the various countries, where 
children were dressed in their native garb. Another pa- 
rade that I heard about had the theme of "Keeping the 
Christ in Christmas," and it seems as though they have 
gotten hold of the right idea or the essential idea or 
need of our twentieth century. The Christ of Christmas 
must again occupy first place in our lives. The first-born 
must be first in our own lives. 

Today we hear a great deal about this Christmas Spirit, 
but it is too often true that the real picture of Christmas 
could well be called the "Missing Spirit." 

But there is another joy which we have not mentioned 
which cannot be left out of Christmas. I think it has been 
very well expressed by Dr. Jacob S. Huffman of Dayton, 
Virginia, whom our quartet visited this summer and he 
gave us a copy of this Christmas song which he had writ- 
ten, "With Joy at Christmas Time." "With Joy at Christ- 
mas time, our praise doth rise to Thee, For Jesus Christ 
our Lord and King, and His nativity. For Christmas means 
good cheer and God's unselfishness, His sacrifice and love 
supreme, His mercy, peace, and rest." 

I especially like that thought of God's unselfishness, 
it reminds me of the story Miss Liskey told about the 
boy who worked for her and how he wrote for her his 
idea of Christmas. In it he states that God was not selfish 
with Jesus, but He gave Him to all mankind and those 
who know of this first-bom Son of God should tell others 
of the Christ. Perhaps this is the true spirit of Christ- 
mas that we should have in our lives today, that of 
spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oftimes, we as 
Christian people are so carried away by the pageantry 

.and the beauty of Christmas that we too, forget or at 
least do not give Christ the first place in our own Christ- 

The poem by Hilda Butler Farr expresses the idea that 
there will always be a Christmas — 
"There'll always be a Christmas to bring us hope and 

And nothing can destroy it . . . the joy will never cease. 
Whatever are our problems, Whatever we must face, 
We gain a new perspective within this time of grace. 

There'll always be a Christmas though every dream may 

It's something we can count on through each December 

The twinkling trees, and Santa; as carols flood the air, 
The church bells ringing gaily — while people kneel in 


And then her closing verse which is the reason truly 
that there will always be a Christmas — 
There'll always be a Christmas because upon this day 
Was born the blessed Jesus who came to light our way. 

Let us this year, as we have celebrated the birth of 
Christ, think beyond His birth as the first-born of Mary 
into the fact that He is the first-born and only begotten 
Son of God and that His birth was merely the beginning 
of the wonders that He acccomplis'hed while upon this 
earth. Let us realize that it is only through Jesus that 
we have salvation unto life everlasting. As we meditate 
and pray, may we recall the words of the hymn writer 
when he said "Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy 
kingly crown when Thou earnest to earth for me; but in 
Bethlehem's home there was found not room for Thy holy 
nativity. O come to my heart Lord Jesus: There is room 
in my heart for Thee!" 

— Ashland College Seminary. 

Brethren Church History 

By R, 




(Continued from Last Week) 

In the fall of 1724 the Saurs and son Christopher, Jr., 
arrived in Germantown. Among the many skills which he 
possessed, he was a printer and sp aks of himself as 
"The Printer in Germantown." Saur was keenly interested 
in the oppressed, and often took some of them into his 
home when they had lande dat Philadelphia. He did not 
confine his efforts for rendering aid to his countrymen 
to the columns of his wide-awake newspaper. Nor did he 
confine his energy and activity alone to words. He went 
among the n wly arrived Redemptioners and rendered 
whatever material assistance was in his power. 

In certain cases he gave money to relieve their neces- 
sities, in oth' rs he saw that they were cared for when 
such was requir d, and in still others, the sick and starv- 
ing wretches were taken into his own home and those of 
his friends to be cared" for and nursed back to health. If 
they dhd, he saw that they received Christian burial. 

JANUARY 12, 1952 


While on the alert to aid in a practical way, he directed 
his efforts to changing the conditions which made such 
misery possible. His name will always be revered by 
Pennsylvania-Germans for his unselfish work in the in- 
terest of his countrymen. He wrote various letters to 
those in authority., His standing was such that he could 
approach those in high places. His inter' st never waned 
and as the last years of his life came to him he was 
still to be found giving of his time and strength that 
kindliness and righteousness should prevail. 

Saur died on September 25, in 1758. We find two let- 
ters written by him just three years before his death 
which speak volumes for him. We shall present the first 
one which h? wrote on March 15, 1755. This letter was 
written to Governor Morris on the trials and wrongs of 
the eardly German Immigrants: 

Germantown, Pa., March 15, 1755. 
"Honored and Beloved Sir: — 

"Confidence in your wisdom and clemency made me so 
fr e to write this letter to you. I would not have it that 
anybody should know of these private lines, otherwise 
it would have become me to get a hand able to write in 
a proper manner and style to a p rson as your station 

"It is now thirty years since I came to this Province, 
out of a country where no liberty of conscience was, nor 
humanity reigned in thr house of my then country lord, 
and where all the p ople are owned with their bodies to 
the lord there, and are obliged to work for him six days 
in every week, viz.: three days with a horse, and three 
days with a hoe, shovel or spade; or if he cannot come 
himself, h^ must send somebody in his place. And when 
I came to this Province and found everything to the con- 
trary from where I came from, I wrote largely to all my 
friends and acquaintances of the civil and religious lib- 
erty, privileges, etc., and of the goodness I have heard 
and seen, and my letters were printed anl reprinted and 
provoked many a thousand people to come to this Prov- 
ince, and many thanked th? Lord for it, and desired their 
friends also to come here. 

"Some years the price was five pistoles per head freight, 
and the merchants and th? captains crowded for passen- 
gers, finding mor? profit by passengers than by goods, etc. 

"But the love for great gain caused Steadman to 
lodge the poor passengers like herrings, and as too many 
had not room betwen decks, he kept abundance of them 
upon deck; and sailing to the Southward, where the peo- 
ple were at once out of their climate, and for want of 
water and room, became sick and died very fast, in such 
manner that in one year no less than two thousand were 
buried in the seas and in Philadelphia. Steadman at that 
time bought a license in Holland that no captain or mer- 
chant could load any as long as he had not two thousand 
loaded. This murderous trade made my heart ache, espe- 
cially, when I heard that there was more profit by their 
death, than by carrying them alive. I thought of my pro- 
voking letters being partly the cause of so many people's 
deaths. I wrote the magistrate at Rotterdam, and imme- 
diately the, 'Monopolium' was takn from John Steadman. 

"Our Legislature was also petitioned, and a law was 
made as good as it is, but was never executed. Mr. Spof- 
ford, an old, poor captain, was made overseer for the 
v ssels that came loaded with passengers, whose salary 

came to from $200 to $300 a year, foi conceal 

that sometimes th<- poor people had bol inches 

place and not half bread nor (rater. Spoffoitf (Bed and 

our Assembly ehos • one Mr. Trotter who left ever} .ship 
slip, although he knew that a great many people 
room at all, except in the long boat, where every man 
perished. There w- re so many complaints that man 
Philadelphia and almost all in Germantown signed a 
tition that our Assembly might give that office to one 
Thomas Say, an English merchant, at Philadelphia, of 
whom we have the confid nee that he would take no bribe 
for concealing what the poor people suffered; or if they 
will not turn Mr. Trotter out of office, to give him an 
assistant one Daniel Mackinett, a shopkeeper in Phila- 
delphia, who spaks Dutch and English, who might speak 
with the people in their language, but in vain, except 
they have done what I know not. 

"Among other grievances the Germans suffer is one 
viz.: that the ignorant G rmans agree fairly with mer- 
chants at Holland for seven pistoles and a half; when 
they come to Philadelphia the merchants make them pay 
what they please, and take at least nine pistols. The 
poor people on board are prisoners. They durst not go 
ashore, or have their chests delivered, exc pt they allow 
in a bond or pay what they owe not; and when they go 
into the country, they loudly complain there, that no jus- 
tice is to be had for poor strangers. They show their 
agreements, wherein is fairly mentioned that they are 
to pay seven pistoles and a half to Isaac and Zachary 
Hoke, at Rotterdam, or their order at Philad lphia. etc. 
... I, myself, thought a commission could be ordered in 
only such cases, but I observed that our assembly has 
more a mind to prevent the importation of such passen- 
gers than do justice to th m; and seeing that your honor 
is not of the same mind, and intends to alter the said 
bill, I find myself obliged to let your Honor know the 
main points, without which nothing will be done to the 

"I was surprised to see the title of the bill, which, 
in my opinion, is not the will of the crown, nor of the 
proprietors; neither is it the will of the Lord, who gives 
an open way that the poor and distressed, the afflicted, 
and any people may come to a place wh re there is 
room for them; and if there is no room for any more, 
there is land enough in our neighborhood, as :here are 
eight or nine counties of Dutch (German) people in Vir- 
ginia, where many out of Pennsylvania have moved to. 
Methinks it will be proper to let them come, and let jus- 
tice be done Ihem. The order of the Lord is such: 'Defend 
the poor and fatherless; do justice to .he afflict d ar.d 
needy, deliver the poor and needy, and rid them out of 
the land of the wicked.' — Ps. S2. 

".Beloved sir, you are certainly a servant of th Lord 
our God, and I do believe that you are willing to do what 
lies in your power; but I am ready to think. ;hat as you 
left the bill to your councillors, you will not be so well 
informed of the worst of the grievances, as on ' of them 
has a great share of interest . . . 

"The law is, that 'a man may get security as good as 

he can.' But when merchants BIND some other people 

together, whos 2 families are obliged to die. and who are 

famished for want, and as a prisoner at the vessel is 

(Continued on page 10) 



May We Have 

A Moment of Your Time??? 

Once each year the Publishing Company assumes the 
role of one of the Interests of the Brethren Church which, 
by the action of General Conference, is permitted to come 
to the membership of the denomination and present its 
claims and solicit an offering which is to cover certain nec- 
essary items, the continuation of which is often dependent 
upon the generosity of the membership of the church at 
large. In each instance the various integral parts of the 
work of the denomination present their work and the needs 
to the denomination, together with the reasons for such sup- 
port, thus laying claim to a certain contribution from the 
purses of those associated with the work of the entire 

The month of January has always been the month which 
is set aside for what is generally known as "The Publica- 
tion Day Offering." Each year the needs of the Brethren 
Publishing Company are set before you as readers of The 
Brethren Evangelist, and a clear statement of the facts 
concerning these NEEDS ARE LAID OUT BEFORE YOU. 

Now if you have not already taken time to read the bor- 
dered block in the center of these two pages, do so as soon 
as you finish reading these two side columns. There we have 

tried to express in definite terms the "Facts" concerning 
the wcrk and needs of your Publishing Company. 

You will notice that in the last sentence of the preceding 
paragraph we have called the Publishing House YOUR 
Publishing House, for it is, indeed, partly yours by virtue 
of the fact that you are a member of a Brethren Church 
which is recognized as a church in good standing by the 
General Conference of The Brethren Church, with head- 
quarters at Ashland, Ohio. 

Therefore, because' it is partly yours, you should feel 
that it is also a responsibility and that any advance in its 
work as such should be, in part at least, due to your help 
in contributions of money and in your prayers and in your 
continued support of the publications of your Denomina- 

Last year in our word to you in the first issue of the 


-: JUST 

Knowing- that FACTS are of more v 
elaborate plea for funds without as 
which the offering is to be applied, 

F A 

Under the present high cost of mai 
ing plant can be set at a conserval 
tor in his last report to the Board 
at $21,063.04 (a mere fraction of 
and, the equipment at $24,596.23 (nc 
automatic press). Just think it tl 
to be paid on the plant and equip] 

— actual cost always exceeding th 
the need of the Yearly Publication 
cover this. 


new type setting equipment. Th 
marked" the sum of $5,000.00 towa 
much more than this amount. Wh 
from literature printing wilt be ph 
present Publication Day Offering. 

HOUSE? As a stockholder in the < 
bership in The Brethren Church) 
upkeep and, progress. Just how mui 
in the amount you GIVE for this 

We are depending on you to 
up to the standard, or "Over 
did it last year. We know y 

flcutoccvuf *?& rftuAacft, *76>e t 7H,avtt& *7& tyive tyom 

JANUARY 12, 1952 


ACTS :- 

in asking for an offering, than any 
jquate presentation of the needs to 
ast present the following 

r s 

i PLANT is constantly increasing. 
s and labor the value of your print- 
igure of over $100,000.00. Our audi- 
ts the taxation value of the building 
lal value if it needed replacement) 
ich more than the value of our large 
;h yourself. Only $4,000.00 remains 

.e printing of any church literature 
;ome from subscriptions. Therefore 
j Offering, which is used largely to 

OUT. Just now our crying need is 
lblication Board has already "ear 
is much needed project. But it costs 
>r exceeds the making up of deficit 
to the account of this project in the 

any (by virtue of your active mem- 
have an obligation to helpi it in its 
>u feel that obligation will be shown 
'ERING this year. 

keep the GOAL of $5,000.00 
Top" again this year. You 
ill do it again this year at 

Evangelist in 1951, we reminded you of the great amount 

of progress, both in clearing the building of debt and the 
purchase of new machinery. We, at that time, sought 
show you what the additional needs were and how tl 
could be met. We are not taking either time or space to go 
over all that again. If you "file" your Evangeli ts for fu- 
ture reference, we would suggest that it would be inl 
ing for you to go back to the January 6th issue of last 
year and read pages eight and nine again. 

However, in this "moment of time" we have asked you 
to spend with us, we want to do two things : 

First, we want to thank each and every one out over the 
Brotherhood for their gifts, prayers, letters of encourage- 
ment, and evident interest in the work of the Publishing 
Company. In response to our plea for a continuation of the 
yearly Publication Offering of $5,000.00, you went over 
the top and the 1951 offering amounted to the sum of 
$5,148.31. For this fine response to our asking we want to 
express our heartfelt appreciation. Your letters of en- 
couragement which, during this past year have been many, 
make an added contribution in the heart-warming evidences 
of your kindly feeling and your continued prayers in our 
behalf have done much to help over many rough roads. 

The second thing which we have in mind is definitely 
illustrated by the following thought: 

At the beginning of World War II a pester appeared 
everywhere, the aim of which was to make all young men 
war conscious. Most of you will remember the picture of 
Uncle Sam with a finger pointing directly at the passerby. 
There was no way one could move from that poster that did 
not find the ever-pointing ringer directed right at him. 
There was no escape from its almost accusing pointing, nor 
from the words that were emblazoned there — "I XEED 
YOU !" That ever-pointing finger caused many a young man 
to enter a recruiting office and enlist in the army of the 
United States. Did the pointing of the finger have any- 
thing to do with that action? Certainly, for it recalled to 
them a certain obligation which they had probably felt be- 
fore, but upon which they had net acted. 

We are not making any brief for war. for we feel that 
war as such is never right. But the reference to this poster 

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gives us a good illustration for what shall follow. 

This finger points at you and says, "We need 
you in the support of the work of the Publishing- 
Company." Xo matter how small or how large 
the gift may be, when they are all added up they 
make the' sum total of what the Church at large 
feels concerning the work of the Publishing Com- 

This finger points at you and says, "You have 
an obligation to the church which is brought 
about by the fact that in your church paper you 
read of the various plans and projects of the 
church at large and thus there is born a feeling 
of responsibility to these plans and projects." 
You would not have known about these things 
if there had been no Publishing House to spread 
the word over the denomination. 

This finger points at you and says. "By failure 
to do your part in the support of your Publish- 
ing House you only delay the work which might 
be done in a far greater manner than it is at the 
present time." 

But we have no reason to believe that these 
fingers will point too accusingly at the faithful 
member of the Brethren Church. We have put 
our dependence on God and we know that He will 
not permit His people to do other than He would 
have them do. 

We are sure that when all the returns are in, 
we will again be able to say, "We Went Over The 
Top" — The Top we ask for still remains at $5,- 


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retained and forced to bind himself — one for two or three, 
who are greatly indebted and who, perhaps, pays his 
own debt while others can't — he is freed to go out of 
the country, and will go rather than go to prison; and 
if poor widows are bound for others much in debt, who 
will marry such an one? Must she not go sorrowful most 
of her life time . . . ? 

"Beloved sir, I am old and infirm, bending on my staff 
to the grave, and will be gone by and by, and hope that 
your Honor will not take it amiss to hav recommended 
to you the helpless. We beg and desire in our prayers 
that the Lord may protect you from all evil, and from 
all encroachments, and if we do the like unto them that 
are in poor condition and danger, we may < xpect the 
Lord will do so to us accordingly; but, if we do the con- 
trary, how can we expect the Lord's protection over us? 
For He promises to measure ' o us as we do measure. 

"I conclude with a hearty desir • that the Lord will give 
your Honor wisdom and patience, that your administra- 
tion may be blessed, and in His time give you the re- 

ward of a good, true and faithful servant, and I remain 

your humble servant, 

"Christopher Saur, 
"Printer in Germantown." 
A prominent Pennsylvania-German Historian over half 

a century ago wrote: 

"The Redemptionex'S never had a more sincere, and 
able or faithful friend than Christopher Saur the elder, 
the famous Germontown printer and publisher. He was 
one of the most prominent of all the Germans of the 
Province during many years. A godly man, his heart was 
alive to the wrongs and indignities that were heaped 
upon so many of his unfortunate countrymen. His pres- 
ence in or near the city of Philadelphia made him ac- 
quainted from day to day with what was going on among 
these unfortunate people. As the publisher of a German 
newspaper, he took occasion to kep the human traffic 
and everything connected with it before the public in the 
columns of his paper, Der Hock Deutsche Pennsylvan- 
ische Berichte. Almost every number during the seasons 
of arrival, had paragraphs relating to the coming of ves- 
sels, the condition of the immigrants, their treatment, 
their wrongs and of much else which he no doubt hoped 
would have a salutary effect upon th^ public conscience, 
and in that way lead to the amelioration of the hard con- 
ditions under which they voyaged and their treatment 
upon arrival." — St. James, Maryland. 

(Day IDe CDeditate a £ittle 

Elmo G. Kuitkle 

WHEN I WAS A BOY I went night hunting with a 
group of men. Our dogs led us into a large forest. 
We watched the North Star in order to keep our direc- 

But about midnight it became quite cloudy and started 
to rain. We decided it was time to go home, but no two 
of us could agree upon which way to go, as we could no 
longer see the North Star. 

We finally took a course — hoping we were going due 
east, but about three o'clock in the morning we arrived 
at a clump of large oak trees, which we recognized as 
the same spot from which we had started — we had been 
traveling in a circle. 

As it was still raining and we were almost exhausted, 
we stayed in that spot until dawn and then found that 
we were within one hundred feet of the edge of the for- 

We now find ourselves engaged in another great war — 
the third in this generation. Our natural resources, ma- 
terial wealth and millions of human lives have been sac- 
rificed. The world is in for worse conditions and our 
moral standards have been lowered. We, too, have trav- 
eled in circles. 

Men traveled from far countries seeking Jesus and God 
has chosen to record this in Holy Writ and call them 
"Wise Men." For nearly two thousand years great mul- 
titudes have spoken of them as wise men. 

As we enter into this new year no one cares to proph- 
esy what 1952 holds for us But men everywhere would 
do well to seek Jesus. Loree, Indiana, Sunday School. 

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The General Secretary of the Missionary Board spent a 
■ull week in the Capital City, beginning on Sunday and 
losing on the first Sunday in December. It was a pleas- 
mt week and, we trust, a profitable week for the Church. 

A siege of colds and the many people working just be- 
fore Christmas cut down the attendance the early part of 
;he week. 

This church is praying for the day when they can un- 
lertake the completion of their building. They have shown 
jreat loyalty and devotion for a number of years and 
lontinue to make progress on their building debt. 

The Pastor, Clarence Fairbanks, says, "I am always 
lard on my evangelists, for I generally have the pros- 
pects gathered in before they arrive." Personally speak- 
ing, I think this plan is good for the church and the 
people who are received. A few at a time can be assimi- 
ated into the church group so much better. 

People from a goodly number of our Brethren churches 
lave gone to the Capital City to work and many of these 
ire found in our church from time to time. We certainly 
leed the church in Washington, and the building should 
)e completed within the next two or three years. 

My thanks and appreciation to the Pastor, his family 
md the congregation for all their kindness and expres- 
sions of appreciation for a most enjoyable week. Such an 
experience can only be good for any traveling secretary. 

E. M. iRddle. 

John Williams once wrote concerning missionary ef- 
forts in the South Sea Islands, "I think it a circumstance 
)f very rare occurrence that a religious impression is 
produced upon the minds of a people, except by address- 
ng them in their mother-tongue." 

It is well to realize also, in considering this topic, that 
the Bible has a supernatural quality in the field of trans- 
lation just as it is supernatural in its origin, in its pres- 
ervation, and in its work in the human heart. W. H. 
Elainey, in Living Languages, published by the British 
ind Foreign Bible Society of Australia in 1947, says: 

"One of the marvelous things about the Scriptures is 
heir 'translatability.' ... A Zulu once said to a travel- 
»r, 'White men are especially favored: they have railways, 

telegraphs, breach loading rifles, fine clothes, wisdom and 
wealth, but they lack one advantage which we enjoy, 
namely, the Gospel in Zulu language.' 

" 'But,' I said, 'Our translation is splendid, nearly as 
good as the Greek.' 

"The Zulu shook his head, and said, "It cannot equal 

"1 thought no more of this until a Malay 6aid to me, 
'The Malav language is the most eloauent in the world 
— look at our translation of the Scriptures.' This gave 
me further light — I am now convinced that the Scripture- 
is unique in that it will bear translation into any lan- 
guage without losing one atom of its force. The finest 
passages of Shakespeare, if translated into French or 
English, the finest passages of Horace, if translated into 
English, German, or French, all lose their rhythm and 
and three-fourths of their power; but the Bible translated 
into every tongue under Heaven, retains its force and 
beauty, for it speaks not to the ear alone, but to the 

$1,929 a second, $115,000 a minute, $150,000,000 a day. 
is the cost of the nation's present defense efforts! Hold 
your breath! $1.13 a second, $66 a minute, $100,000 a day 
is the estimated cost of the entire foreign missionary ef- 
fort! For every missionary dollar, we spend $1,700 for 
defense. Which is the better investment? 


That religious bodies in America receive a beggars 
share of the nation's wealth is shown by figures released 
by the U. S. Department of Commerce. These figures re- 
veal that of their 225 billion dollars of personal income 
Americans spend one billion on religious bodies. This s 
not quite one half of one percent. 

Nine billion, or four per cent, is spent on alcoholic bev- 
erages and five billion (.over two percent i is spent on 
smoking and smoking supplies. 

Alcohol, we say, produces euphoria, a sense of well- 
being. In truth, the emotional reactions to alcohol are 
varied and seem to be determined by the total nature of 
the drinker. 



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Ionic for January 20, 1952 
John 1:14: Luke 2:4-52; John 3:14-18 

NO ENDTVIDUAL has ever crossed the stage of human 
life and left a greater change upon 'humanity than 
has Jesus Christ. Reckoning of time focuses both ways 
His birth. Men use His name to curse. Men worship 
Him as their Saviour and Lord; others set Him up as a 
better-than-average example. The Bible writes of Him in 
prophecy, in His life, and i'.i things yet to be. Who is He, 
that all life, yes eternity itself, revolves around Him? 
That is the question we hope to answer this evening. It 
is well for us to remember there are as many ideas as to 
who Jesus is as there are people who know about Him. 
The degree to which we arrive in learning of Him, taking 
Him into our hearts — to that degree will we really know 
who He is. We should pray daily for understanding to 
know Him better. 

1. THE NATURE OF CHRIST (John 1:14). Earlier 
verses of the first chapter of John tells us that the Word 
was in the beginning, the Word was with God, and the 
Word was God. This Word, or Christ was present in the 
creation; He was the creator of all things. Now, the 
Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Thus the 
Christ is God. As we pointed out last week, He is the 
second person of the eternal God-head. He is the only 
begotten Son of God, and had glory with the Father be- 
fore the worlds were created. He assumed human flesh as 
the babe of Bethlehem. Being God and perfect, He was 
thus sinless. Yet He was tempted to the utmost degree 
Lo sin. He is changeless, the same yesterday, today, and 
forever. We must take Him for what He is, and trust 
Him always for help and strength to overcome the temp- 
tations which He fought so victoriously while on eai'th. 

2. CHRIST'S WORK. Many different opinions sur- 
round this subject. Those who would deny the Virgin 
Birth of our Lord (Isaiah 7:14) consider the life and 
work of Christ as a better than average example, and 
His death upon the cross as martyrdom to an ideal which 
the world was not yet ready to grasp. Be we, who accept 
the teaching of the Bible concerning the Virgin Birth of 
Ji jus, believe that He came to earth for a definite pur- 
pose. He came, not to condemn the world, but that the 
world through Him might be saved. Specifically, Christ's 
work was to become OUl substitute for sin. He paid the 
penalty for our guilt by suffering punishment for it. 
Jesus was made sin for us CII Cor. 5:21 '. The implement 
of His suffering, the cross, is now the emblem of salva- 
tion, peace, joy and redeeming love. We, by faith in 
Christ as the Son of God, and by faith in His death as 
a substitute for our own, receive the j/ift. of salvation, 
and thus belong to Him, for we are bought with a price. 
That price is His own precious blood. 

3. CHRIST IN GOD'S PLAN. The overall picture of 
Christ as the obedient Son of God, presents us with an 
amazing story of accomplishment. Christ has always 
sought to do the will of the Father, and so should we. 
He has definitely the plan which includes redeeming all 
who look unto Him, preparing a place for them in Heaven, 
destroying His enemies, establishing His Kingdom, mak- 
ing a perfect new world for all the righteous. God, ever 
since the sad day of Eden has been seeking to win men 
back into His fellowship. Christ has opened the way. 
When men follow in faith believing, they are reconciled 
to God. That is, that which stood between, namely sin, 
is removed. God and man together again. That is Christ 
in God's plan. We, who have been redeemed through 
Christ, spend our days seeking to win others to Christ. 
(At least we should.) All this is done so that in the new 
heavens and earth there might be none that defileth, or 

4. MAN IN GOD'S PLAN. We are told in the scrip- 
tures that God is not willing that any should perish.. I 
Christ came to earth to do God's part in getting rid of 
sin's penalty. That is done. Now, we must be sure thatl 
we have come to Him in faith believing. Speaking now,' 
of believers, God intends that we shall be a part of thej 
Church here on earth. Work in it, support it, for the 
Church is the administrative organization on earth for 
the spread of the gospel. We fit into that plan when wel 
are loyal and faithful to the church. Remember Christ] 
loved the church and gave Himself for it. He is counting] 
on us using 1 our talents and lives for the purpose of prais- 1 
ing Him, and spreading His gospel of salvation. For this, 
God has promised 1 eternal joy. A few short years of vie- \ 
torious living; a few decades perhaps, of shunning the 
amusements of the world, and then a glorious happy 
eternity with Him. 

5. ONLY GLORY BY AND BY. The scriptures te,ach 
much about the coming kingdom of Christ. His is a spir- 
itual kingdom in which He is the head. Right now, He 
is at the right hand of the Father administrating, calling, 
blessing, chastising His servants on earth. He also pleads 
and intercedes for them before the Father. His kingdom 
is increasing in numbers, in spite of those who forsake 
Him, for all saints of all time are members of that king- 
dom. The day will come, and perhaps soon, when all 
shall bow before Him, acknowledge Him as Lord of lords, 
and King of kings. Those who believed on Him in this 
life will reign with Him forever. Those who cursed shall 
burn forever. Christ is the rewarder of all who serve 
Him faithfully. He shall remember all who shunned the 
world and its sin. He will remember those who put 
church first and gave generously of their substance. In 
His kingdom, they shall be kings ,and priests, which fact 
we can know, but not fully understand in this life. Christ 
is God's Son, and He is wellpleasing to the Father. Our 
prayer is that each of us might have the same thing said 
about us. If we trust Him and are true to Him, it will be 
said thus of us. 

Some people are so SELF-WILLED they will not wait 
for GOD'S WILL for fear it will interfere with THEIR 

fANUARY 12, 1952 

PAGE THH'.'J •■ 

jPraifcr Wleeting 

jBy C 1 . Cjilmer 


Come, let our souls adore the Lord, 

Whose judgments yet delay; 
Who yet suspends the lifted sword, 

And gives us time to pray. 

Great is our guilt, our fears are great, 

But let us not despair; 
Still open is the mercy-seat 

To penitence and prayer. 

Kind Intercessor, to Thy love 

This blessed hope we owe; 
O let Thy merits plead above, 

While we implore below. 

Though justice near thy awful throne 

Attends Thy dread command, 
Lord, hear Thy servants, hear Thy Son. 

And save a guilty land. 

— Anne Steele. 

~ 'VERY ONE shall give ,an account of himself unto God 
_-j (Matt. 12:36; Rom. 14:12; 1 Peter 4:5). God will 
equire an accounting of all benefits bestowed, and will 
ender to every man according to his deeds, whether good 
r bad (Rev. 20:12, 13). There has to be a reckoning day 
or stewards when they shall have to face their own stew- 
rdship (Luke 16:2; 1 Cor. 4:2). Men shall have to give 
n account of the use or abuse they made of th-^ benefits 
f a bountiful Creator (Rom. 2:1-11). There IS a judg- 
lent to come (Heb. 9:27^. "Judgment" and "Judgments" 
ccur in the Bible 419 times. The words "judge," "judged," 
nd "judgeth" appear 335 times. This subject demands 
areful thought, and should stimulate every Christian as 
i did Paul (2 Cor. 5:11) to warn all to flee from the 
•rath to come. 

In Rom. 5:12-19 we learn that in the fall of man the 
entence of death, judgment and condemnation were in- 
urred. The disobedient Adam imparted a sinful nature 
3 all his children, who were born in his likeness instead 
f in the likeness of God (Gen. 1:26. 5:3). Every one is 
uilty before God (Rom. 3:19). But God would have 
lercy upon all (Rom. 11:32). He sent His Son to unlock 
le doors of this earthly prison of sin in order to set the 
aptives free (Isa. 61:1). Jesus came to overcome the 
eeper of the prison, namely, Satan (Heb. 2:14, 15*. 
/hen Jesus came He was introduced as the One Who 
-ould take away sin (Matt. 1:21; John 1:29), which He 
id by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26). He took the 
Lnner's stroke of judgment (Isa. 53:5). He met the judg- 
lent of the law against those who had broken it (2 Cor. 
:21; Gal. 3:1, 13). The judgment for sin has been sat- 
ified for all those who accept Christ (1 Peter 3:18; John 

The saints will not be judged with the world 
will be judged at the jndgmenl Mat of ( 'nf.'ir 

stewardship on earth (Rom. 14:10 12; 2 Cor. 5:10 
the judgment of the saints will com the judgment of 
nations (Jude 14, 15; Eev. 19:11-16; 6:15-17). This jn 
ment is prefaced by the great tribulation (Joel 2:1-11). 
At the end of the tribulation Christ will come suddenly 
(Matt. 24:29-31; 2 Thess. 1:4-10). He will judg 
nations (Matt. 25:31-41). The remaining nations *hall 
know peace (Isa. 2:4; 11:1-10). The judgment of the lost 
will take place at the great white throne (Rev. 20:11-15 . 
God has committed all judgment unto His Son (Johl 5:22- 
30; 2 Tim. 4:1). 

Some are critical of God's judgments now, but in that 
day every one will declare His judgments are right (Rev. 

16:7; 19:2). 

Gomments on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for January 20, 1952 

Lesson: Matthew 9:9; Luke 5:27-39 

THERE ARE TIMES when "business" as the world 
knows business, just does not permit a Christian to 
associate himself with it. There are two phases of busi- 
ness with which one dares not associate: 1. that sort of 
business which would be harmful morally and ethically 
to himself; and 2. that sort of business which would be 
harmful to others than himself. In the first categ 
would fall the businesses which must be run in such a 
manner as to prove degrading and downright sinful to the 
operator. In the second, would fall any business associated 
with the production or distribution of liquors and nar- 
cotics, or to do with gambling or any form of vice, even 
though such be legalized by the law of the land. Jus* be- 
cause a thing is legal does in no wise make it right. 

Now let us look at the subject of our l°sson text today 
— Matthew, tax gatherer; a publican and sinner in the eyes 
of his own countrymen; a virtual outcast from the so- 
ciety and friendship of those who should have been his 
friends. Now Matthew may have been an honest ...\ 
gatherer; he may have been upright in his dealings with 
the people; he may have had the law on his side — but 
he was engaged in a somewhat shady business, to the 
minds of his countrymen. They deplored the fact that they 
were under the yoke of a certain form or" lagt 

conquering Roman nation. They resented the burder. :' 
taxation and the means employed to wrest the taxes from 
them. The tax gatherers were growing richer by the year, 
for they w re permitted to charge all they desired c 
and above the stipulated amount required by the R ians 

It was with such a group of "sinners" that Matthew 
(or Levi) was associated, and he was "seated at the re- 



ceipt of custom." occupied with his "job" when ho was 
approached by Jesus and given the invitation — "Follow 
Me!'* The response was immediate — "And he left all, 
rose up, and followed Him." 

It would be rather foolish to say that Matthew just 
blindly arose from his place in the tax booth and fol- 
lowed a man he knew nothing: about. Without doubt he 
had known about Jesus and His preaching; it may be that 
he had even had conversation privately with Him. At 
least there was something in the call that came to him 
that caused him to separate himself from what, for him, 
was a very lucrative business. He must have had a sense 
of the "wrongness" of his occupation, for no tax gatherer 
ever was expected to charge a legitimate interest on the 
tax collected. He just could not continue in such business 
and at the same time live up to the challenge of the Mas- 
ter. Therefore he left the business and followed Jesus in 
the way, becoming one of the best reportei-s of the earth- 
ly life and ministry of Jesus which we have, for it is 
h- who was the author of the Gospel According to Mat- 

What is needed today is more men and women to leave 
the shady lines of any business which will not stand the 
moral and ethical test, and in so leaving set out to fol- 
low the On- who said, "I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH 

Uhe College Chapel Diary 

As Observed by The Editor 

There is not too much to report in the way of advance 
in the work of the New Chapel. The floor is all laid on 
the platform in the auditorium. The trim on the rail at 
the front of the balcony is also in place. Preparation has 
been made for the spraying on of the light green paint 
on the sidewalls. It is the picking up of the various 'Tit- 
tle things" that is now taking place. The front steps on 
the outside are to be put in just as soon as weather per- 
mits. The electricians are putting in leads to lights and 
it will not be too long until the lights will be put in place. 
The chapel is lighted with a series of round semi-con- 
cealed lights in the ceiling and will shed a very soft 
light over the auditorium. That's all for this week. 

©ate of IDorld ©ay of Grayer 

We are reminded that in some 17,000 United States 
communities the call is going out for the World Day of 
Prayer which will be observed this year on February 29th. 

With the theme of "Christ, Our Hope," the 1952 ser- 
vice is based on the prayers of agricultural migratory 
workers, .sharecroppers and American Indians. The World 
Day of Prayer poster, a modern "Angelus", was designed 
by an Iroquois Indian girl, Doris Diabo Montour, of Brook- 
lyn, New York. 

Translated into many languages and dialects, the World 
Day of Prayer Service is used on the day, not only in 
the United States, but in 104 countries around the world. 

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Protracted meetings from November 25 to December 
9 were led . by Dr. and Mrs. L. O'. McCartneysmith of 
Waterloo, Iowa. A few prayer warriors among the laity 
by their simple and sincere faith laid hold .upon God for 
this revival as they prayed in the Spirit for souls. Forty 
first time confessions were taken. Five of these were re- 
ceived in the Sunday School and the rest in home evan- 
gelism. At this writing twenty-eight have been received 
into church membership by trine immersion, and the rest 
are expected to be baptized in due time. Also three were 
reclaimed by re-consecration and relation. Several confes- 
sions have been taken since the meetings closed. There 
are eleven young married couples with families in the 
list, two elderly couples who are great grandparents, and 
seven other adults. 

The writer has never before witnessed the possibilities 
of home evangelism as in this soul winning effort. We 
scheduled our calls by telephone or previous contact so. 
that both husband and wife would be looking for us at 
specified time. God has certainly blest Brother McCart 
neysmith with the soul winning gift. Only three of un 
saved people to whom the claims of Christ were presented 
in personal work rejected Christ's invitation. We did not 
make many calls each day, but spent all the time that 
was necessary for the evangelist to make the message 
clear and plain. We saw tears of rejoicing in these homes 
as loved ones together confessed their Christ and gave 
themselves unto Him. Their joy was even more pronounced 
after they had gone all the way with Christ in baptism 
and were added unto the Church. 

Special music was furnished by the McCartneysmiths, 
the Clear Creek Church of the Brethren ladies' trio, the 
Pleasant View Church of the Brethren male quartet, 
(churches where my brothers attend \ and by our own 
local talent. Brother Arthur J. Tinkle led a delegation 
of about fifty people each Friday night of the two weeks, 
traveling a distance of eighty miles one way. Roanoke 
Brethren with their pastor, S. C. Henderson, brought 
several delegations and furnished a special number. 
Brother H. D. Hunter and others from North Manchester 
also attended. 

During the meetings, my mother, who resided in 
Huntington, became very ill, and on the last Sunday she 
went to Glory. In our absence from public worship the 
McCartneysmiths and the people carried on, and the Spirit 
of the Lord was with them. We are truly grateful to the 
McCartneysmiths and to all others who came to the help, 
of the Lord in these revival efforts. Truly God has an-' 
swered prayer — not in the way some may have expected 

JANUARY 12, 1952 


— but He gave us souls for our crown of rejoicing. God 
is good and gracious to not always answer prayer in the 
way we seek or think He ought, but in His own good 
way. After all, home evangelism was a favorite method of 
Jesus and the apostles. We believe that many of the con- 
verts will prove to be the finest of wheat. We earnestly 
desire the continued prayers of God's people. 

Clarence Y. Gilmer, pastor. 


Some months ago the congregation of the Glenford 
Church asked the undersigned (who has now been serving 
as pastor of the church for a number of months) if he 
would hold a revival meeting some time in the Fall. It 
had been a good many years since such a meeting had 
been held in the church and the good Brethren there felt 
that a revival was needed — not only for the winning of 
new souls, but also for the reviving and revitalizing of 
the present members. Due to a full teaching responsibility 
at the Seminary we could not plan on an extended meet- 
ing. The week of Thanksgiving (November 18th to 25th) 
was finally settled as the time for this proposed meeting. 
The first two nights of the services the pastor drove 
down to Glenford .after the school day was over, and re- 
turned to Ashland after the meeting. After the close of 
school on Wednesday afternoon we went down and stayed 
in Newark for the rest of the week. This arrangement 
proved to be very satisfactory and we would recommend 
it to other small congregations which are served by stu- 
dent pastors or part-time pastors. 

The week proved to be a real blessing — in a number 
of ways. The weather was ideal, which, along with the 
fact that the youngsters had no school from Tuesday on, 
greatly helped the attendances. The average attendance 
for the seven services was above the total membership 
of the church, and each night found a number of visitors 

One of the blessings of this series of services was the 
discovery of local talent hitherto unused. Each evening 
special music was provided in vocal or instrumental num- 
bers. In addition to these special numbers a children's 
choir — composed of boys and girls from three to six — 
brought a message in music each evening. This group of 
youngsters, under the direction of the pastor's wife and 
Sisters Bernice Mack and Mabel Wilkins, were a real 
inspiration to the rest of the congregation. The singing 
of Gospel choruses was something of an innovation here, 
and the children's choir was a big help in leading out in 
a number of the choruses. After the folks saw what the 
children could do it was decided to have a little Christ- 
mas program of our own on Christmas Sunday — the first 
such program in the memories of a good many of the older 

Another feature of the services was the presenting each 
evening of a Gospel object lesson or flannelgraph story 
— this phase of the work being cared for by Mrs. Bates. 
On the closing evening a candle! ighting reconsecration 
service was conducted, with every member present coming 
forward to rededicate his or her life to the Lord. 

We have said, and taught, for some years that simple 
Gospel preaching is still capable of leading souls to the 

Lord, and this meeting was further proof of that truth. 
Souls were definitely touched eadl evening; and at the 

closing service four young people came forward to ,v< ■ 
Christ as their Lord and Saviour and one adult presented 
herself at the same time to rededicate her life to the I>,rd 
and to unite with the Glenford Church. The result* of 
this week of services continues to be felt. LaHt Sunday 
two good sisters, both of whom have been active in the 
work of the church for some years, heard and beeded the 
invitation as it was given at the close of the service, and 
in the presence of the congregation expressed their desire 
to join the fellowship of the church. One of these ladies 
was received by letter from the Lost Creek Brethren 
Church, and the other who was formerly a Methodist, 
was baptised on Sunday afternoon along with her daugh- 
ter who had made her decision the week before. 

At the close of the baptismal service several good breth- 
ren were heard to remark that this is the most encour- 
aging thing to happen in Glenford for a number of years. 
We trust that this is just the beginning, and that the 
power of the Holy Ghost will continue to be felt in the 
community and that others will be led into a saving 
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We solicit the 
prayers of the Brotherhood on behalf of this small, but 
faithful rural congregation of Christian believers. 

Henry Bates, pastor. 


It was with a great deal of joy that I felt called by 
the Lord to be of service at a two-week revival in the 
St. James church. Having read the "Brethren Church 
History" by Rev. Freeman Ankrum. pastor of the St. 
James Church, from time to time, I was thrilled to have 
pointed out to me by Rev. Ankrum some of the great his- 
torical spots which were in the surrounding territory near 
St. James. 

I was pleased above all things to find spiritual interest 
in our Lord's work being manifested by the people of St. 

The services were very well attended, and many faithful 
Brethren attended every night. Some of the visiting pas- 
tors and their delegations were: Rev. James Ault from 
Hagerstown, Maryland: Rev. Guy Ludwig from Mathias, 
West Virginia; and Rev. N. V. Leatherman. the pastor 
of our mission church in Waynesboro. Pennsylvania. 

During our stay we visited in nearly sixty homes, giv- 
ing them invitations to the revivals. The hospitality was 
excellent and the food was wonderful and in abundance. 
Maryland style. We had a most enjoyable stay in the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Carson Metz who werme very gen- 
erous in their hospitality to us. 

The highlight of the services came during the last night 
of our campaign when two people came forward, one 
coming for membership from another church and one 
first time confession. Because of these visible results and 
the evident interest in the meeting by the church people 
we feel that our work was worthwhile and we would 
give God all the glory. 

At this time we would again take the opportunity to 
thank the St. James folks for their woderful hospitality. 



and their overwhelming love offering'. We will always 
have a warm spot in our hearts for the people of St. 
James and pray that God's blessing he upon them con- 

J. D. Hamel, Lanark, Illinois. 


The following brief notice of the filling- of the New 
Lebanon. Ohio, pastorate came from Sister Anna Cashour, 
church correspondent: "Rev. John T. Byler of Louisville, 
Ohio, has been called to and has accepted the pastorate 
of the New Lebanon Brethren Church, taking the place 
vacated by the leaving of Rev. W. C. Berkshire when he 
assumed his duties with the Missionary Board. Rev. Byler 
and family will move to New Lebanon the latter part of 

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School in 1951 over the 1950 attendance of twenty-six, 
the 1915 average being 115, while that of 1951 was 141. 
Their goal of "201 in '51" was not reached, so they in- 
increased the 1952 goal by making it read "2-22 in '52." 
Brother Gentle says just two words about this new slo- 
gan— "High? Maybe!" 

Morrill, Kansas. We note that a fine Christmas pro- 
gram was rendered at the morning hour on Sunday, De- 
cember 23rd. At the evening hour the three churches' — 
Methodist, Church of the Brethren and our Church, joined 
together in presenting a Cantata at the Church of the 

Word Concerning Mrs. V. J. Shively. Word has come 
is that Mrs. U. J. Shively, National W. M. S. Presi- 
dent, is still in the hospital at South Bend, Indiana, re- 
covering from surgery. She will remain there for sev- 
eral weeks yet, although she is recovering nicely. Cards 
and letters may reach her by addressing them to her in 
care of The Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. 

Spend thought before you spend money. You will have 
more for your money and more money left for your 

Cain to &?st 

EIKENBERRY. Master Bruce Jay :Eikenberry, sixteen 
month old son of Brother and Sister Glen Eikenberry 
was called home by the Lord on November 2, 1951, after 
being ill from lukemia for two months. Funeral services 
were hrld in the Denver Brethren Church on Sunday, No- 
vember 4th, by the pastor, the undersigned, assisted by 
Rev. C. F. Golden. 

MAUS. Mrs. Alice (Fouts) Maus, widow of Augustus 
Maus, went to be with Christ on November 17, 1951, at 
the age of eighty-two yars. She, with her husband and 
three young sons, were charter members of the Denver, 
Indiana, Brethren Church. Brother and Sister Maus served 
as Deacon and Deaconess. They gave generously of their 
time, talent and 1 resources in the building and maintain- 
ing of the church. She is survived by two sons, Marvin L., 
of Peru, and Carl V., of Macy. Funeral services from the 
church in charge of the undersigned, the pastor, assisted 
by Rev. G. L. Maus. 

RIFE. God reached through the veil of time and cir- 
cumstances and called Brother Jack Leon Rife to his eter- 
nal home on Friday evening, December 7, 1951. Death 
came through an automobile accident. Though young in 
years, Jack was a full-grown, Christian gentleman, and 
because of the positive and dynamic nature of his life, 
he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had 
b~en a faithful member of the Center Chapel Brethren 
Church since his early years, and 1 was called to the Sun- 
day School Superintendency at the age of seventeen years, 
being our superintendent sino^ that time. Under his work 
we have grown in attendance and in the Faith. He had 
been an officer for a number of years in the Southern 
Indiana District Brethren Youth, b~ing the Vice Presi- 
dent at the time of his call. 

He leaves to mourn his departure, the parents, Brother 
and Sister Lozier Rife; two sisters, Georgia and Marilyn, 
and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were 
held from the Center Chapel Church on December 10, 1951, 
which was Jack's birthday, by the undersigned, his pas- 
tor, assisted by Rev. J. Milton Bowman and Rev. Harry 

Austin Gable, pastor. 

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Items of general Interest 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says that at a 
recent business meeting one of the items was the discus- 
sion of plans for a special service to be held on Sunday 
evening, March 16th, at which time the Hon. Theodore 
R. McKeldin, Governor of the state of Maryland, is to be 
the guest speaker. Governor McKeldin has always been 
welcomed as a guest speaker in our churches of that area, 
having many times been the Homecoming speaker in our 
Linwood, Maryland, church. 

Brother Ankrum reports that a large crowd gathered 
round the Community Christmas tree in a community ser- 
vice, following which about 90 of the people went to our 
church for a social time and refreshments. 

Gatewood, West Virginia. Brother Cecil Bolton reports 
that the election of their new officers took place recently. 
We note that Brother Walter Goff is the Church Mod- 
erator, and that Brother Stanley Goff is the Sunday School 

Berlin, Penna. We find a very interesting summary in 
the Pastor's annual report to the church in Brother Percy 
Miller's January 6th bulletin. Here are just a few inter- 
esting things found there: "Average Sunday School at- 
tendance 203, or a little better than 71% of the resident 
members; morning worship average 165 or 58% of resi- 
dent members; evening average 102 or 36% of resident 
membership; prayer meeting average 36 or 13% of resi- 
dent membership; communion — spring 204 or 71% — fall 
225 or 79% of resident membership." How does this com- 
pare with your church during the past year? 

Uniontown-Highland, Penna., Circuit. Our Uniontown 
church cooperated with the Week of Prayer services spon- 
sored by the Ministerial Association. Brother Ralph Mills 
was the speaker on Tuesday evening, January 8th. 

Miss Veda Liskey will be the guest speaker at a spe- 
cial service in the Uniontown Church on Wednesday eve- 
ning, January 23rd. 

The Highland Church held its annual Cantata on Sun- 
day, December 23rd, before a very large audience. Miss 
Jessie Phillips was in charge. 

The Highland Church recently called Mr. Carl Phillips 
to the ministry. He is at present a student at Waynes- 
burg College. 

Masontown, Penna. Brother William Keeling reports a 
fine two-part Christmas program. Part One was a mis- 
cellaneous program by the children, and Part Two a play 
by the Dorcas Class, entitled, "Once Upon a Christmas 
Time," which was under the direction of Mrs. Eva 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Alvin Grumbling says that 
our church cooperated with the services of the Week of 
Prayer which were held from January 6 to 11, in the 
Bloomfield-Garfield Area of Pittsburgh. 

Louisville, Ohio. We note from Brother Byler's bulletin 
that on Sunday evening, December 30th, two Foreign Ex- 
change students, Mr. Shunzo Kadera of Tokyo, Japan, and 
Mr. Fu-Sheng Chen of Tarpeh, Formosa, students at Goshen 
College of Goshen, Indiana, who were visitors in Louis- 
ville were guest speakers at the service. 

The Brethren Youth Crusaders, under the direction of j 
Paul M Clapper, presented a one act play entitled, 
"Christmas Under the Stars." The offering was given to 
Brethren Youth. 

A service of Consecration of babies and small children 
was planned for Sunday morning, January 13th. 

Ashland, Ohio. During the month of January Brother 
H. H. Rowsey is preaching a series of messages on the 
general subject of "Prayer," giving attention to a differ- 
ent phase of that subject at each service, both morning 
and evening. This series is proving very interesting and 

Dayton, Ohio. The choir of the Dayton Hillcrest Church, 
under the direction of Brother Robert B. Kline, presented 
a fine program of Christmas music at the morning hour 
on December 23rd. 

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cultural criticism that it is being necessary for Almighty 
God to "call upon" the inanimate things of this age to 
proclaim the truth and eternalness of His Holy Word? It 
may be that it is about time for Christians everywhere 
to "sound forth His praise" to all parts of the earth, and 
become "living epistles, known and read of all men." It 
does not take machines to make men believe in Christ, 
but the inner experience of His blessed presence in heart 
and life. Think it over! 

JANUARY 19, 1952 

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[ANY THINGS HAPPEN today that seem almost 
unbelievable, nevertheless when we come to the 
place where we contact them personally, then it is that 
we are ready to examine them and admit that such great 
progress has been made in the realm of scientific discov- 
ery that we need not be surprised at anything in these 

So, when a clipping from a newspaper came to my 
desk which told of a "machine which was to read Bible 
manuscripts," my first reaction was that of skepticism. 
But, since anything can happen in this day of scientific 
advance, I find myself awaiting to see if further com- 
ment will be made on the subject. And, since the scene 
of the recent trial is set in Tucson, Arizona, it may be 
that our Brother Grisso will have some contact with it 
and will give us further information. 

It seems that the Rev. John W. Ellison of Tucson was 
to be the interested spectator as he "looked over the 
shoulder of this Bible reading machine." He had been 
granted the sum of $3,250.00 from the American Philo- 
sophical Society to do a textual study of the Gospel ac- 
cording to Luke on what is known as "Harvard Univer- 
sity's Mark IV computer." 

This machine, it is said, will "read" one hundred an- 
cient manuscripts of the Bible, two at a time, and will 
make known every difference which shows between them, 
revealing where extra words have been added, others de- 
leted, the different spellings used and the word order in- 
verted. All this will be done in a period of time less than 
two weeks. 

Should this "machine" do what is claimed for it, many 
of the difficult renderings may be cleared up and much 
controversy avoided. ,But of one thing we may be very, 
very sure — whatever is done to examine the texts of the 
Bible, and in whatever locality or under whatever cir- 
cumstances — we may safely rely on one very definite re- 
sult: that the Word of God will not be changed in its 
fundamental realities; that it will be just as our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ said when He walked this earth, 
"My words shall never pass away." Words and phrases 
may have been changed or deleted by those who copied 
the "writings," but, as it was originally given "to holy 
men of old," and finally revealed in the coming of Jesus 
Christ, God's Only Begotten Son into the world, it will 
ever be and so remain the final and complete revelation 
of a loving Father to a disobedient and gainsaying peo- 

Well did the three writers, Matthew, Mark and Luke, 
record the words of our Lord, in the same exact lan- 
guage, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words 
shall never pass away." (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; 

Luke 21:33.) Men may write in error; but God nev-r 

But, we say, "Did God really write?" Take your Bible 
and turn to Exodus 31:18. How readest thou? Passing 
strange, but here is what it says, "And he gave unto 
Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him 
on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, 
written with the finger of God." The promise of the writ- 
ing was made to Moses when God had already said to 
him, (Exodus 24:12' — "Come up to me into the mount, 
and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and 
a law, and commandments which I have written ..." 
And as if that were not sufficient evidence we find these 
words in Exodus 32:15 and 16: "And Moses turned, and 
went down from the mount, and the two tables of the; tes- 
timony were in his hand: the tables were written on both 
their sides; on the one side and on the other were they 
written. And the tables were the work of God, and the 
writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables." 

Could anything be more certain or more convincing? 
Do we need more than the simple direct statement of 
this Word of God to know and acknowledge His power? 

Let giant machines "read and compare"; let man trans- 
late and paraphrase; let the forces of evil direct the fire 
of criticism against the Word, the real reading finds its 
finest interpretation and action in the hearts and lives 
of men and women who have chosen to heed the Voice 
of the Master, who propounded the question to Mary and 
Martha, "Believest thou this?" and who said to the fear- 
ful and troubled Jairus, "Be not afraid, only believe." 
The questioning hearts of Mary and Martha were filled 
with joy and a steadied belief, when Jesus, standing be- 
fore the tomb of Lazarus, cried in a loud voice. "Lazarus, 
come forth! And he that was dead came forth, bound 
hand and foot with grave clothes ..." and thus vindicated 
His word — "I am the Resurrection and the Life." Like- 
wise His word to the trembling Jairus. "Be not afraid, 
only believe," was made a joyous reality in the raising 
of the litle girl from a bed that had known the presence 
of death. 

Do Christians need any inanimate piece of maehineiy 
to prove to them the truth of The Word? Surely not. 
Yet we remember the words of Jesus when the Phari- 
sees rebuked Him for permitting His disciples to re; 
and' give glory to Him in the words. "Blessed be the King 
that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, 
and glory in the highest." He "answered and said unto 
them. I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the 
stones would immediately cry out." 

Are Christ's followers so "keeping their peace" and 
lowering their voices in the presence of ultra so-called 
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^Ye have associated the visit of the Magi 
so directly with our Christmas programs 
and our Christmas greetmgs, that it has 
become common custom to think of them 
as visiting the manger-cradle of Jesus, 
there to present their gifts. Tfiere is noth- 
ing which would substantiate this tlwught, 
but rather it would be mo-re plausible to 
think that their visit came after a num- 
ber of days had passed following His birth. 
Remember that He was presented in the 
Temple without any attempt being made 
on His life. It u'as the visit of tlie Magi to 
Herod's court that precipitated the ruth- 
less order for the killing of the children. 
Our present time element in presenting 
this article tvoidd seem to be more in keep- 
ing with the days which followed the Birth 
of Jesus. — Editor. 

THE ADORATION of the Magi, like other narratives 
in this chapter, has no parallel in any other first- 
century Christian writing. As Christians hear this nar- 
rative read they instinctively recognize its value — it ex- 
presses the truth that men have been brought from far 
and near, by many ways to worship Christ. It also breathes 
the sense of wonder and thanksgiving that through the 
birth of this child, and his subsequent life, death and 
resurrection, the world has been redeemed. 

The magi believed that a star could be the angel of a 
great man. He set the sign, far above man's reach, in 
the mystery and majesty of the sky, and in man's long- 
ing for our prime need of a Saviour. The Jews often iden- 
tified the star out of Jacob with the Messiah. There are 
parallels in pagan antiquity, and in the late Jewish stor- 
ies those stars announced the births of Isaac and Moses. 
The story meant to Ignatius that all magi had been over- 
thrown by the birth of Christ. 

There is a purpose in the journey of the Magi; that 
is why Christ was not born in the town where the Magi 
or Herod lived. God safeguards our freedom; He gives 
the sign, but we may stay or journey. The journey pro- 
vides also that hazard which every man covets. The jour- 
ney is always blocked both by nature's barriers and by 
the Herod systems of the world. It leads to life for all 
who venture. 

I. The Magi 

The magi in those days worshipped the elements fire, 
air, earth and water, especially fire. The only temples 
they had were fire temples, where they kept the sacred 
element burning night and day. What to do with the dead 
was a question which involved much perplexity. The 
corpse could not be burned, buried, cast into water, or 
left to decay in the air without defiling an element. To 
do this in the least offensive manner they erected towers 
called towers of silence, with transverse towers on top, 
on which vultures and ravens might stand while they did 
their melancholy work. The Magi wore as sacerdotal 
vestments a white robe, with a headdress consisting of a 





Charles Barrick 

tall felt cap with lappets at the side which concealed the 
jaws. They claimed to be mediators between God and 
man, intervening in all sacrifices. They interpreted dieams 
and omens and claimed the gift of prophecy. 

II. The JiOfiiirney ef the magi 

"There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem say- 
ing, where is he that is born king of the Jews?" These 
magi came first to Jerusalem and later to Bethlehem. Out 
of the east these magi came when they saw the star at 
a time when they were busy with their work; daily fidel- 
ity gives men a quicker awareness of the truth. The Con- 
necticut senators, on the famous "dark day" in New Eng- 
land history, were wise to remain at the day's task rather 
than to leave it for frantic prayer. The magi were for- 
eigners from Chaldea or Persia. One day in the East this 
star was seen. The Magians of Persia worshipped them as 
gods; they supposed stars to preside over the births and 
the coming of the Kings. As the star made its appearance 
to them they read it as the sign of the birth of one who 
is styled by the magi as the King of the Jews. They came 
from the East doubtless mounted on picturesque camels, 
whose padded hoofs could easily withstand the burning 
heat of desert lands. 

"For we have seen his star in the East, and are come 
to worship Him." Out of the east these magi came 
bearing rich gifts for* this child of promise, whose star 
of announcement they had seen. Crossing the fertile fields, 
passing the waterfalls and rivers, they followed on 
through the rugged mountain passes and barren waste 
desert lands guided by this strange new star which 
seemed to lead them. 

III. The Gifts of the magi 

"And when they come into the house, they saw the 
young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and 
worshipped Him." They saw the young child with Mary 
his mother. It was not as they had expected; there were 
no outward signs of royalty, no pomp, no guards, no cour- 
tiers; only a manger in a stable. Their faith was not 
shaken by these mean surroundings, they recognized the 
little child as the king Messiah; they paid him the wor- 
ship which they had come to render; they fell down and 
worshipped Him. Their offerings were intended as speci- 
mens of the product of their country, and their presen- 
tation was expressive of their homage of their country 
to the new-found king. "And when they had opened their 

JANUARY 19, 1952 

PAGE mvk 

treasures, they presented unto Him gifts of gold, frankin- 
cense, and myrrh." 

1. The first of the magi to bring a gift was named 
Kaspar, a ruddy youth. The gift that he brought was 
gold, doubtless for a crown with which to honor this now 
uncrowned king of a new kind of kingdom; "they «hall 
bring gold and incense." These gifts being symbolical as 
unto God, not as man; coming like those in scripture who 
come to the house of the Lord "with offerings and in- 
cense in their hands." The gold implies kingship and roy- 
alty; "thou shalt set a cfown of pure gold on his head"; 
gold is offered to a king; The star announced the ap- 
proaching birth of the king of the Jews; the Magians 
recognized the infant Jesus as the promised king. 

"Born a king on .Bethlehem's plain, 
Gold I bring to crown him again; 
King forever, ceasing never 
Over us all to reign." 

2. The second of the magi to bring a gift was named 
Melchoir, who was white with age. The gift that he 
brought was frankincense, which because of its sweet, 
spicy fragrance when it is burned, makes a spiral smoke 
that rises heavenward. The people of the Old Testament 
times used it in their services of worship, in the temple; 
because it helped them to think of the nearness of their 
heavenly Father. 

The magi were the scientists of their time. The music 
that most enthralls us is essentially religious, and our 
greatest architecture is a prayer in stone. Our keenest 
thought easily becomes a pride or threat; and influence 
even that which for popularity is willing to be kind, eas- 
ily becomes mtasmic rather than a fragrance. Thought 
is worthy only when it is marked by reverence, for they 
were "come to worship him." Since Jesus was God's best 
gift to men, this wise man from the East brought a gift 
which made him think of Jesus as God's best gift to hu- 

"Frankincense to offer have I; 
Incense owns a deity nigh; 
Prayer and praising all men raising, 
Worship Him, God on high." 

3. The third of the magi to bring a gift was named 
Balthazzar who was a swarthy man in middle life. The 
gift that he brought was myrrh. A spice used in the 
burial service in the East for embalming. Myrrh indicates 
humanity, and thei-efore mortification, "wine mingled with 
myrrh," they gave Him to drink at death: Nicodemus 
brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes and laid therein 
the sacred body of the Lord. It is almost inevitable and 
fitting that myrrh because of its use in embalming, should 
stand in this instance for our sorrow and suffering. This 
bitter gift is the hardest for us to give to Christ; we 
should keep it for its luxury of bitterest protest. The 
reason why sorrow hardens one man and melts another 
is just that one man keeps his sorrow selfishly and the 
other offers it in oblation. Harriet Martineau tells of a 
joy which only the disappointed can know — the joy of 
agreeing with God silently when nobody knows what is 
in their hearts. This gift of myrrh prophetically reminds 
us that Jesus was to give His life for those He loved 

and for others who knew not the will and -pint, of I: 
Heavenly Father. 

"Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume 
Breathes a life of gathering gloi 

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, d) 

Sealed in the stone-cold tomb." 
The visit of the magi to Bethlehem jh commemonr 
in the celebration of the Epiphany. But their coming from 
the East ought to have an effect more important than 
either the discussion and fixing of dates. In their Bt 
we may see the first hint in the New Testament that J< 
came to be the whole world's Saviour. They direct our 
thoughts to the great world of the East, which i:-: v 
much the same as it was two thousand years a^o. When 
we think of the vast, silent world watching the sky of 
God's porvidence in a night-time of superstition, 
must remember that we of the West who know the gos- 
pel have yet to answer the mission of the magi, and to 
send to all the dark lands the truth about Jesus, Our 
King. When we see the gifts of gold, frankincense and 
myrrh, let us think how we may return them with the 
interest of the large heart of Jesus, due through long ages 
of neglect: the gold of our money, the incense of our 
prayers, and the myrrh of the art of healing in which 
we emulate the physician who was bom at Bethlehem. 

Who were the Wise men in the long ago? 

Not Herod, fearful lest he lose his throne; 

Not Pharisees too proud to claim their own; 
Not priests and scribes whose province was to know. 
Not money-changers running to and fro; 

But three who traveled, weary and alone, 

With dauntless faith, because before them shone 
The star that led them to a manger low. 

Who are the wise men now, when all is told ? 
Not men of science; not the great and strong; 
Not those who wear a kingly diadem; 
Not those whose eager hands pile high the gold; 
But those who amid the tumult and the throng 
Who follow still the star of Bethlehem. 

Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

And Che <Pain 

Bury the word; 
Cover it deep — 
Robber of rest, 
Snatcher of sleep and of men. 

Blot from the brain 
The violence 
And the pain. 

Prayer — 

Let us be silent — let it be heard. 
Cling to the Word. 

— Annabelle Merritield. 

Nothing human can resist quiet, steady, confident knee- 
work before God. 



*76>e *}de<zl Active @&cc%c6> 7fte*H&&i 

TN OUR NATIONAL GOALS there is a part that should 
be a matter of deep consideration by each and every 
congregation in the Brotherhood. That phrase says, "Every 
member an active member." We wonder if that is too 
much to expect ? 

On the basis of church membership and the relationship 
which each member must bear to that for which the 
church stands, being the "called out ones," those who 
assemble themselves together and unite to form a visible 
part of the "Body of the Lord— the Bride of Christ," it 
certainly would appear that being an active part of that 
Body would be necessary in order that the words of Jesus 
be not a condemnation when He said, "Every tree that 
bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into 
the fire." Good fruit can only be brought forth by activ- 
ity in the Lord's vineyard. 

In an endeavor to put down in "black and white" a 
definition of an ideal active member of the church, which, 
of course would place the member in his proper sphere 
of action, a committee was formed in the Akron, Ohio, 
Firestone Park Brethren Church to set forth such a defini- 
tion. They spent much time, thought and prayer upon 
the subject and at last came up with the following, which 
we pass on to our readers for meditation and thoughtful 
action. We quote as follows: 

"Definition of an Ideal Active Church Member" 

Active Church Members are people who have been led 
by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as 
Saviour; and on profession of faith have been baptized 
in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost; confirmed by the Laying on of Hands, and 
given the right hand of Fellowship by the Minister and 
Elder of the Church. 

Then, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, they seek to walk 
together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement 
of the Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to pro- 
mote its prosperity and its spirituality; to contribute 
cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, 
the expenses of the local church, and the spread of the 
Gospel through all nations. 

Also they seek to maintain family and secret devo- 
tions; to religiously educate their children; to seek the 
salvation of kindred and acquaintances; to walk carefully 
in the world; to be just in all their dealings, faithful in 
engagements, and exemplary in deportment; to avoid all 
tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from 
all habits which tend to weaken or destroy Christian 
power and influence; and to be zealous in efforts to 
advance the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus 

A Brief Resume of the Definition 

1. Properly received into full church membership. 

2. Regularly observe the ordinances of the Church; 
Communion, etc.; 

3. Contribute regularly to the support of the Ministry 
and expenses of the local Church; 

4. Uphold the doctrines of the Church. 

5. Support the National and Foreign work of the 

6. Engage, according to talents and abilities possessed, 
in the active work of the local congregation; 

7. Seek to live worthy of the Gospel — by regular at- 
tendance at the services of the Church, and by giving 
forth a Christian testimony by living such lives that the 
deeds done and the words spoken shall constantly glorify 

Signed by the Committee: 

Lena K. Washburn 
Lulu Wallace 
Everett L. Wells. 
The report of this committee was accepted, approved 
and placed on record in the minutes of the Akron Church 
at the semi-annual business meeting which was held on 
January 2, 1952. 

When we carefully examine this "definition" we are 
compelled to say that if this is what is meant by "an 
active member," then no member of the Brethren Church 
can say that it is too difficult to be an "active member" 
of the congregation on whose roll his or her name is in- 
scribed. No real difficulty should be encountered in liv- 
ing up to each and every part of this seven-point pro- 

Ho 'Passes 

In the days when the late Col. Edward H. R. Green, 
railroad industrialist and banker, was managing the 
Texas Midland Railroad for his mother, the astute Hetty 
Green — known to fame as the "richest woman in Amer- 
ica" — he was having a lot of trouble with applicants for 
passes over the line, and so consulted his mother about it. 
She mentioned the matter to her friend Chauncy M. De- 
pew, who knew all about railroads, being a high official 
of the New York Central. Depew gave her a list of Bibli- 
cal quotations, which she forwarded to her son. 

The list was arranged as a calendar in this manner: 

Monday— -"Thou shalt not pass" (Num. 20:18). 

Tuesday — "Suffer not a man to pass" (Judg. 3:28). 

Wednesday — "The wicked shall no more pass" (Nah. 

Thursday — "This generation shall not pass" (Mark 

Friday — "By a perpetual decree it cannot pass" (Jer. 

Saturday — "None shall pass" (Isa. 34:10). 

Sunday — "So he paid the fare thereof and went" (Jonah 

— The Presbyterian Tribune. 

It is not the leap at" the start, but the steady doing that 
eventually gets you there. 

JANUARY 19, 1952 


Warsaw, Indiana, TBulktin TSoard ^jiven Wide Vublirity 

Here we present a fine cut of the 
new Outdoor Bulletin Board which 
was recently erected on the lawn of 
the Warsaw, Indiana, First Brethren 

Concerning this new addition to 
the church publicity, Brother E. J. 
Beekley writes as follows: 

"The picture from which the cut 
was made was taken by the maker of 
the bulletin board, Mr. Ed. Boice, who 
is now Advertising Editor of "Chris- 
tian Life" magazine. This cut has 
been used all over the nation in sell- 
ing these bulletin boards. Our Breth- 
ren Church at Lanark ordered one of 
them recently, and several denomina- 
tional committees have come to look 
at ours before buying. It has attracted 
much attention." 

(No doubt some of our Evangelist 
readers have seen this picture in mag- 
azines as it advertised the Bulletin 

We go on with Brother Beekley's 
letter: "Therefore I am sending you 
the cut for use in the Evangelist, if 
you care to print it with the story. 
The sign was the gift of Mr. and 

Mrs. Grant Croy, members of the 

Warsaw Church. I change it every 

week. Many people in Warsaw look for these changes. 

Even Catholics have commented about it. 

"During the Christmas season I played Christmas music 
over the Public Address System, each evening from five 
to six o'clock, and gave a Christmas message to the 
passing public between records." Then he says, signifi- 
cantly, "We have rated front-page publicity with our 
Christmas activity, which is really something here." 

During the Holiday Season the High School Sunday 
School Class built a Nativity Scene around the Bulletin 
Board, with a manger scene and life-size figures stand- 

9-30 10-30 7-30 

ing around, pointing in. The material for this was giver. 
by Brother Ralph Garber. The Class entered this in the 
city-wide decoration contest and Brother Beekley informs 
us that they won First Place. 

Incidently, over sixty children appeared in the Christ- 
mas program which was given on Sunday morning. De- 
cember 23rd, with a large cast assisting the choir in the 
evening Pageant, "The Message of the Manger." 

If you drive through Warsaw on U. S. Route 30, you 
will pass by the church and will see this bulletin board. 
Look for it! 

/4 ^attyenwu *%a,&it 

The fault-finding habit is a bad one. It is easily acquired 
and not readily broken. We live in an imperfect world. 
Everything is flawed and defective. Institutions all blun- 
der and fall short of the ideal. Persons are all erring 
creatures and their faults give us offense. But one should 
not pay too much attention to the faults of others or to 
the defects of the world in which he lives. He may become 
a chronic fault-finder, and in that case he will become a 

grumbler. If he is not careful, he will degenerate into 
a growler. And if he growls long enough, he will degen- 
erate into a snarler, and in the end he will become a cynic. 
When man has become a cynic, he has reached the bot- 
tom. There is nothing lower than cynicism. A cynic is of 
no account either to himself, or to anyone else. He is a 
nuisance and a stumbling block. He did not intend at the 
start to become a cynic. He began by finding fault, and 
the habit grew on him until his mind became twisted and 
his heart sour. — Dr. Charles E. Jefferson. 

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We continue to request the prayers of the Church 
in behalf of our dear Sister Byler, who has expe- 
rienced another attack of illness. The office just re- 
ceived a lovely letter from Brother and Sister Byler. 

The Board in its February meeting will decide 
definitely the date for their furlough to begin. The 
following paragraph is a portion of the letter for 
publication. — E. M. Riddle. 
Dear Friends: 

The kind assurance of your good wishes at Christ- 
mas time as well as your prayers throughout the 
year in behalf of the work here in Argentina have 
been greatly appreciated. Jane is somewhat im- 
proved and is home now, for which we are extremely 
grateful. We had a very happy, though quiet Christ- 
mas and we had a WARM atmosphere, for our sum- 
mer heat has arrived in full force. 

The many cards and letters from home added 
Christmas cheer and made us think as we so often 
do, of the great fellowship of love possible for all 
believers through Christ, our Saviour. Thank you 
and best wishes for a blessed New Year to all. 

The Bylers. 

Gome Ye Apart" 

Miss Veda Liskey, R.N. 

As I look back upon my first term of service in Gar- 
kida, Nigeria, a multitude of varied circumstances come 
to rninfl. Many things that gladden and lift up the spirit 
are recalled. Out of this wealth of incidents I wish to 
share with you some of my most spiritual experiences. 
They are events that have called one apart from the rush 
of everyday living to mountaintops of worship and fel- 
lowship with African friends. 

It was my privilege on two different occasions to go 
with some African friends up on Garkida Mountain for 
vespers. Before us stretched gorgeous country with moun- 
tains far in the distance. As we sang Day Is Dying in the 

West and other evening hymns and read some nature 
psalms we saw a most gorgeous sunset. It was touching 
to hear several in the group praise our Creator for all his 
magnificent works and for the beauties all around us. As 
we wended our way homeward along a narrow path through 
fragrant growing corn, two of the young men broke out 
singing, Deep River, and Steal away, Steal away, Steal 
away to Jesus. They had learned to sing in English from 
a phonograph record. 

On the top of that same mountain we met again to 
worship and enjoy the beauties of nature. We imagined 
we were Jesus' disciples as we listened without interrup- 
tion to the reading of the entire Sermon on the Mount. 
And Jesus "went up into the mountain: and when he had 
sat down he opened his mouth, saying." After a period of 
quiet meditation, the singing of appropriate hymns and 
prayer we came down from the mountain inspired and 
with souls uplifted. That evening I was honored by be- 
ing invited to eat and fellowship with this group in a 
humble African home. It was a feast of rich spiritual 
food closed with that beautiful familiar evening farewell, 
"Ka Hyel nia ada nbau dipa" (May God give to us to- 

Just recently one of the young men wrote that he had 
climbed that mountain just to recall past experiences. 
With tears in his eyes he had prayed in that familiar 
holy place. "I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from 
which cometh help." 

Down in the valley, too, cherished mountaintop expe- 
riences have thrilled and inspired the heart. It was on 
the occasion of my accompanying a mother and her new 
baby home from the hospital that I enjoyed another eve- 
ning of high inspirational joy and blessing in an African 
home. The home had been especially prepared and cleaned 
by the father as he anticipated the coming of their first 
child into their humble home. That event was climaxed 
by a most beautiful prayer offered by the father as he 
prayed God's blessing upon his new baby and their fam- 
ily circle. I, too, prayed that God would use these young 
people to be a light and blessing in their community. 

Several months after that evening of joy we again met 
together around my hearth to celebrate Christmas. After 
the singing of Christmas carols and reading the Christ- 
mas story, amid candlelight and while thinking thoughts 
of that holy night long ago, I was asked to give a name 

JANUARY 19, 1952 




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(Continued from page 8) 

to that new baby. And so with appropriate prayer I 
named her Kuceli, which means "joy" in the Bura lan- 
guage. It was our prayer that this young life would grow 
to know and accept Christ as her Savior and that in so 
doing a new name would be given her — a name known 
only by her Creator and Christ and the heavenly hosts. 
"And I will write upon him my new name" (Rev. 2:17; 

Another experience of spiritual joy was that of morn- 
ing devotions with my servants or "boys" each day. At 
first I was only able to follow with English while various 
ones read from the Bura Testament. After some time I, 
too, was able to read and pray in the Bura language. To 
be able to pray in Bura was an accomplishment and spir- 
itual experience I shall never forget. We often invited 
into our prayer circle all those who happened along at 
that time and often as many as eight or ten were in 
our group. For a long time we followed a prayer re- 
minder list which we made together, consisting of special 
things we wished to remember daily in prayer. It was 
indeed touching the way various ones prayed for Chris- 
tians in America, asking that God would call and send 
them as missionaries to Nigeria. They also prayed that 
they would give of their wealth to promote the work of 
the mission too. We remembered special needs and prob- 
lems of our mission program from time to time. Outstand- 
ing in our devotional periods was the use of Prayer for 
Missions as a prayer calendar. Each day we remembered 
in prayer a missionary or missionary couple and their 
work and also the service of co-workers and fellow Af- 
rican Christians. The unsaved souls in these particular 
places of labor were lifted up in earnest prayer. 

Sometimes, too, when problems or misunderstandings 
arose and need for special prayer occurred, how blessed 
were the moments of prayer when we came apart and 
laid our problems and particular needs before Christ. 
Thus our periods of devotion were times of fellowship; 
of learning and growing spiritually togethei-. These were, 
indeed, moments of great spiritual significance. 

SUNDAY MORNING, October 7, 1951, dawned beauti- 
fully after several days of rainy, muddy and uncom- 
fortable weather. In good time the people of Carleton. 
Nebraska, and of the community began to assemble at the 
First Brethren Church for an event which was of high 
interest. The Mid-West District Conference of Brethren 
Churches had been meeting since Thursday and now the 
climax was to come in the ordination of the young mar. 
who had recently moved into the town as the new pastor 
of the local Brethren Church. 

The Sunday School attendance was large. The auditor- 
ium was tilled for the morning worship service. The mes- 
senger of the morning never had a better attention in 
his experience in the ministry. He was very proud to have 
been invited to travel from Ashland. Ohio, to Carleton to 
assist in the ordination of one of his Seminary students. 

After the sermon, a very proud but humble father-in- 
law of the candidate for ordination, the Rev. Cecil H. 
Johnson, arose to conduct the service of ordination and 
the consecration of Mrs. Ruth Johnson Shannon as the pas- 
tor's assistant, as well as hostess of the parsonage. Every- 
thing was done in proper order, while the large audience 
listened and watched with bated breath. Young and old 
were intensely interested, for this was the first time the 
majority of them had ever witnessed this service of high 
spirituality and consecration. 

Then Rev. E. M. Riddle,. Secretary of the General Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church, in Iris own inimi- 
table and efficient way, conducted the installation of 
Rev. Thomas Shannon and Mrs. Shannon as pastor and 
wife of the Carleton Brethren Church. The Confer* 
Moderator, Rev. Robert Bisehof, pronounced the benedic- 

It was only then that the people began to relax and 
to smile and to talk and laugh. They came, and kept com- 
ing, to shake the hands of the happy pastor and wife. 
There seemed to be no denominational lines, for several 
were represented there that morning. 

May God richly bless the ministry of our friends in 



their first pastorate and every pastorate. 

— Delbert B. Flora, Ashland Theological Seminary. 

The full program for the service was as follows: 

The Prelude Miss Alta Rachow 

Call to Worship 

Invocation Rev. Robert Bischof 

Congregational Hymn 

Scripture— John 10:1-16 Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Prayer Rev. H. E. Eppley 

Piano Solo Miss Alta Rachow 

Announcements, and Offering 

Sermon — "Ambassador For Christ" ....Rev. D. B. Flora 

Vocal Solo Mrs. Isabelle Swenson 

Report of the Ministerial Examining Board 

Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

Prayer of Consecration Rev. D. B. Flora 

The Charge Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

Installation of Thomas A. Shannon as pastor of the 

Carleton Brethren Church Rev. E. M. Riddle 

Congregational Hymn 

Benediction Rev. Robert JJischof 

The Postlude Miss Alta Rachow 

First Report of the 1952 

Publication Day Offering 

July 1, 1951 to January 7, 1952 

(Came in after books were closed last year) 

Hagerstown, Maryland Brethren Church $ 11.22 

Goshen, Indiana Brethren Church 59.63 

Elkhart, Indiana Brethren Church (Additional).. 84.00 

Flora, Indiana Brethren Church (Additional) .... 10.00 

Gertrude Lake, Johnstown, Penna 10.00 

Nancy Walker, Walkerton, Indiana 5.00 

Waterloo, Iowa Brethren Church (Additional) .... 5.00 

West Alexandria, Ohio Brethren Church 10.00 

Masontown, Penna. Layman's Organization 15.50 

Goshen, Indiana Brethren Church (Additional) . . 61.25 

H. J. Riner, Gratis, Ohio 5.00 

Elkhart, Indiana Brethren Church (Additional).. 101.00 

Stockton, California Brethren Church 10.35 

Hagerstown, Md., Brethren Church (Additional).. 12.66 

Elkhart, Indiana, Brethren Church (Additional).. 68.50 

First January, 1952 Offering to Arrive 

Dutchtown, Indiana Brethren Church 11.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Zwayer, Toledo, Ohio 10.00 

Total as of January 7, 1952 $490.12 

The biggest liar in the world is the professed Christian 
who gives excuses for not doing his duty. 

Boys' Brotherhood Program 

Rev. Percy C. Miller. 


Topic: '<God's Way" 

Scripture Reading — Acts 9:1-16 

1. We found in our Scripture Lesson that the Lord 
does not talk to Saul of what he had dome but rather of 
what he will now do. Saul had breathed out threatenings 
and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord. Now on 
the road to Damascus, there shined round about him a 
light from heaven. He fell to the earth and heard a voice 
saying unto him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" 
The words of Saul were, "Who art thou, Lord?" The Lord 
made Himself clear to Saul. Saul answered by saying, 
"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Jesus teaches 
the law to Saul; He smites him with a guilt. Jesus does 
not teach Saul the Gospel. He sends him to where min- 
isters are for that. "Arise and go into the city, and it 
shall be told thee what thou must do." You recall that 
the angel did not preach to the Eunuch, but God instead 
sent Philip to the Eunuch. 

2. We noted in the above paragraph that Jesus did 
not talk to Saul of what he had done. That is the way 
it is with us when our sins are forgiven. Jesus does not 
keep calling them to our attention. Not only are our sins 
forgiven but they are also forgotten. Thanks be to God. 
In the 26th Chapter of Acts and verse 19 we find that 
Saul was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. The Lord 
had called him; he heard, answered, was obedient. God 
calls us also. It may not be in the way that He called 
Saul, but He expects that we shall also be obedient. We 
should respond and obediently. Luke told us, in Acts 7, 
of the stiff-necked people, resisters of the Holy Ghost. 
People who are not willing to hear the call of God and 
answer can truly be called "stiff-necked" people: they are 

3. In Acts 13 Paul says (his name now changed from 
Saul to Paul) that since the Jews thrust the Word from 
them that they would turn to the Gentiles. Note Acts 
13:47; "For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, 
I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou 
shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." 
Paul says that the Jews closed their eyes and shut their 
ears for fear they would see and hear and be converted. 
"Be it known that the Gospel is being sent to the Gen- 
tiles, they will hear." Some one has said that Jesus needed 
only one such Apostle as Paul. Paul has set a wonderful 
example in his teaching and preaching. He was fearless; 
"Woe unto me if I preach not the Gospel." 

Would to God that many from our Brotherhood groups 
would hear the call of God and become fearless preach- 
ers of the Word. Paul was a worker among the Gentiles. 
Will we be willing to continue the work which he started ? 
Will we be willing to help open their eyes? Will we be 
willing to help turn men from darkness unto light? Will 
we help turn them" from the power of Satan unto God 
that they might receive forgiveness of sins; that they 

JANUAEY 19, 1952 


might be in a position to receive the inheritance which 
is the Place in Heaven prepared for them by our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ? 

4. Paul's fearful sins crushed him for three days. This 
was long enough to humble him. How long is it going 
to take for us to humble ourselves? When we reach the 
place that we realize that we have sinned then there is 
some hope for us. We are to the place that God wants 
•us. When we have called upon Him, then we are ready 
for service. Paul reached the place that he felt himself 
chief among sinners. "All have sinned and come short 
of the glory of God." We must be willing to confess our 
sins before Him. He is willing and ready to forgive us. 
Can we any longer resist His call, "Come unto Me all 
ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you 
rest." That rest is sure, present, and eternal. Our rewards 
for faithful service are sure, present, and eternal. Hear 
His call to service today! 

(Here is an opportunity for the minister to call for 
ones to dedicate themselves to life-time service.) 

Uhe College Chapel Diary 
As Observed by The Editor 

Again we have been on a tour of inspection of the 
work on the Chapel. This week we find that the auditor- 
ium walls have been painted ivory to coincide with the 
ceiling, instead of the light green which was formerly re- 
ported. The height will be broken at the wall and ceiling 
by a stencil border of a darker color, thus setting off the 
meeting of the two. A pair of flood lights have been 
placed at the wall height on either side of the auditor- 
ium platform and the electric "Exit" sign has been put 
in place in the balcony. Some of the wooden doors have 
been hung, and the ornamental stair rail has been placed 
on part of the stairways and this gives a finished look 
to this part of the chapel. The main gas furnace in the 
southwest corner of the building is now in operation, along 
with the auxiliary unit in the kitchen,. The building is 
nice and warm. That tells the story for this week. We 
hope before too long to show you a view of the inside 
of the auditorium, and possibly the basement. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Brother Whetstone reports the baptism of two more 
recently. The rite was performed at their Wednesday 
evening service. 

Warsaw, Indiana. Brother E. J. Beekley says that the 
attendance at their morning unified service is averaging 
right around the 200 mark. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Our church joined in the observance 
of the Week of Prayer, with the first of the services 
being held in our church. 

Brother Meyer says thae the Watch Night Party on 
New Year's Eve was very helpful those who attended. 

North Liberty, Indiana. Brother J. E. Berkshire reports 

the confession of two people, with confe sion b 

in the home i>y personal contact a v< place for 

such initial confession to be made. 

He also says that about 75 were p at their Fel- 

lowship Supper which was held at the church on Sunday 
evening, December 23rd, with a devotional service as a 
part of the program. Many articles of food wrere b 
to be given to two families in need. Al 
of luggage were presented to the Berkshires at this ser- 

Peru, Indiana. The Peru Church "saw the old year out" 
with a three-part program. Period I — 9:00 to 10:00 — mis- 
cellaneous program; Period II — 10:00 to 11 :00 — games and 
refreshments; Pei'iod 111 — 11:00 to 12:00— a devotional 
candle light service. 

The Ambassador Quartet from Ashland College had 
entire charge of the morning service on Sunday, Decem- 
ber 30th. 

Flora, Indiana. Brother C. A. Stewart reports the re- 
ception of five more members — two by baptism and three 
by letter— on January 4th. 

The Forty-Niner Class presented Brother and Sister 
Stewart with a fine decorated cake on the occasion of 
their Wedding Anniversary. 

Lanark, Illinois* We note from Brother Hamel's bul- 
letin that Brother Edwin Puterbaugh, a student in Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, who is a member of the Lan- 
ark Church, was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Lan- 
ark at the evening hour on December 30th. A full ac- 
count of this ordination service will appear in the Evan- 
gelist soon. 

We observe that there was a fine increase in the White 
Gift Offering at Lanark. Comparison with 1950 shows 
that in that year the offering was S158.00, while in 1951 
it arose to $253,32, nearly ?100.00 more. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. We are informed that the evan- 
gelistic meeting which had been scheduled to begin on 
January 14th has been postponed to a later date. This 
was due to the road and weather conditions. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentle announces that 
their White Gift Offering reached nearly $300.00. 

Morrill, Kansas. We note that Brother and Sister Rob- 
ert Bischof closed their work at the Morrill Brethren 
Church on Sunday, January 13th. They are moving to 
Ashland, we understand, where further preparation will 
be made in anticipation of their assignment to the Ni- 
gerian Mission Field. 

This leaves the Morrill Church pastorless as far as 
we know, but here is a field which should challenge some 
young man to a work which can be made worth while. 
It is an opportunity that should not be passed by. 

Mrs. H. M. Oberholtzer Passes Away. Word has come 
to us of the passing of Mrs. Harvey M. Oberholtzer in 
Ingleside, Nebraska, on December 27. li^ol. after an ex- 
tended illness. We extend to Brother Oberholtzer and her 
children our heartfelt sympathy. . . 

As long as there is somebody or something to love, 
life is worthwhile. 



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Topic for January 27, 1952 


Scripture: Acts 2:1-4; 37-41; I Corinthians 3:16, 17; 

6:19, 20. 

FOR SOME REASON or other, there has always been 
somewhat of a mystery connected with the Holy Spirit 
in the minds of many people. Yet this is not in the least 
necessary. We can become perfectly well acquainted with 
Him; in fact we Brethren young people should. For the 
Holy Spirit has been the power back of the Church when 
the Church has gone forward under the banner of Christ. 
The Holy Spirit gives conviction in the hearts of men 
for them to stand fh"m on Christian truth as against sin. 
Men and women have died for their faith because the 
Spirit gave them strength to stand firm. He has given 
visions to Christians who have then gone forth into for- 
eign lands as missionaries. We come to the conclusion that 
the power of the church is the Holy Spirit, resident in 
the hearts of willing workers for Christ. Thus, we must, 
in order to be more useful to our church, learn to know 
the Spirit better, and how to use Him to help us in our 
church work. 

studies have shown the God-Head as consisting of the 
Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each with a special 
purpose or work, yet all united in one will — the will of 
the Father. The Spirit is actually a Person, as we think 
of God and Jesus as actual Persons. Too often we refer 
to the Spirit as "It" rather than using the masculine 
pronouns. Too, when we think of Spirit, we think of some- 
thing mystic. Thus we push the Spirit into the unfortu- 
nate realm of the unknown or the undefinable. This i& not 
good, for we thus tend to dismiss Him from our mind and 
thought. Rather we should accept Him as the Third Per- 
son of the God-Head, remembering that for us today He 
has a distinct and real relationship. He is the person of 
the God-Head which dwells in our hearts; our bodies then 
becoming the temple of God. It is His still, small voice 
to which we must listen to know the will of God. 

2. RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT. Before we became 
Christians we were of our old nature which is sin. But, 
accepting Christ we have put off the old man of sin, 
and put on the nature of Christ. We call that receiving 
salvation. Then the Holy Spirit enters into our lives. Yes, 
H< actually takes up residence in our hearts where He 
acts as a monitor, a reprover, an agitator of conscience, 
and a voice for God. To receive the Spirit, we must first 
get rid of sin. This is done by accepting the Christ of 
the cross through faith. With sin forgiven, we open our 
hearts to God and God's emissary in this age of grace, 
the Spirit, enters in. We call this the indwelling of the 

Holy Spirit. Sin may enter our lives, we may grow care- 
less, and grieve the Spirit. We can repent and receive 
anew the infilling of the Spirit. Many times we feel weak 
and helpless in Christian living; many times we are not 
as productive in Christian work as we would like to be. 
There's a reason. Too many other things have pushed the 
power of the Spirit into the background; He being not 
allowed to have full sway. It is then that we must surely 
yield anew to Him and be filled again with His power. 
Thus we sing the song, "Fill Me Now." Be sure that you 
have these constant infillings of the Spirit's power to 
keep you safe from sin, and truly working for Him. 

3. HIS WONDERFUL POWER. We mentioned earlier 
that the power of the church is the Spirit. Perhaps we've 
often heard our elders say that the power of the Spirit 
was "felt" in a service. Perhaps your minister prays (at 
least he should!) that the Spirit might have full sway 
in a church service. Plainly that is a request that that 
service designed to enrich men's hearts and bring them 
closer to God, might achieve that purpose with the Spirit 
taking charge. Great gospel preaching of any day is done 
in the power of the Spirit. Any preacher who has prayed 
to be used of the Spirit can point definitely to periods 
of time in his services and sermons where he, and those 
of his congregation who were thus minded, actually felt 
the Spirit's power operating. Yes, even as it did on the 
day of Pentecost. The most wonderful thing about this 
power of the Spirit is that first, before He can operate 
in a church, He must operate in the individual. That's 
where we Brethren young people come in. No matter how 
cold and lifeless you may think your church to be; no 
matter how many lost opportunities you may think your 
adults have had, there is one thing you can do about it. 

the Spirit to work in your own life. No can man can (and 
neither can the devil) put a stop to your efforts for Christ 
if you give heed to the Spirit's leading. Where adults 
before you have failed, you can succeed. You can make 
your years of service in the Brethren church an era of 
unprecedented advacement, if you are willing to work 
with the Spirit. To get the Spirit to work, we - must ban- 
ish all selfishness and pride from our lives. Frankly, that's 
why our churches have suffered in the past. Too much 
pride, jealousy, backfiting, selfishness and power-greed, 
and not enuogh Spirit. Dwight L. Moody is credited with 
the statement that, "The world is yet to see what God can 
do with a man who is wholly yielded to God." Personally 
we feel that Mr. Moody kept the aim of a fully yielded 
life as his goal. His daily life proved it. To be fully 
yielded to God means the spirit, God's spokesman^ is 
allowed to speak to our heart, and we are willing to listen 
to Him. Take time, young people to be sure you have 
let the Spirit into your hearts. Then take time each day 
to listen to His still small voice, the voice of correction, 
of strength, and of leadership into definite Christian liv- 
ing and service. The Brethren believe the Spirit to be 
the voice of God for the Church and individual today. 
Let us listen and do as He says. 

He who cannot forgive others is breaking the bridge 
by which he will need himself to pass. 

JANUARY 19, 1952 

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Prayer Wleeting 

jBy Q. T. Kilmer 


Wonderful story of infinite grace, 
Story of One crucified in my place, 
Hanging forsaken between earth and sky, 
Shamed and tormented and left there to die, 
His kingly head bowed with the weight of my sin. 
(Foul was I, Lord, without and within.) 
Angels still carol the story through space, 
Wonderful story of infinite grace! 

Wonderful story of infinite love. 
WANTING me there in Heaven above, 
Seeing me, blood-washed, as spotless as He. 
Building a home for a sinner like me. 
0, how it eases the pain I must bear, 
Only to dream of that home waiting there, 
Its windows aglow with the light of His face! 
Wonderful story of love and of grace. 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 


r> OD DESIRES that all should be saved from the guilt 
<J. and power of sin (Tim. 2:4). He made full provi- 
ion for man's salvation before the creation (Rev. 13:8). 
rod's plan of redemption is first mentioned in Gen. 3:15. 
lead also Romans 16:20; 1 John 3:8; Heb.: 2:14. The 
eed of the woman indicated the virgin birth of Christ 
Jer. 31:32). His birth was predicted to be miraculous 
Isa. 7:14; 9:6). For the fulfillment of these prophecies 
ead Matthew 1:21-23. The angel of the Lord announced 
he coming of the world's Saviour (Luke 2:8-11). The 
iged Simon prophesied that the forty day old Child was 
the Lord's Christ" (Luke 2:25-32). 

It is not religion but Jesus Who saves. Nicodemus 
John 3:1-10) and Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1-6, 17-22) 
vere devout, conscientious, religious sinners. Salvation 
ransformed Saul from Galatians 1:14 to Paul in Philip- 
lians 3:7. Salvation is deliverance from the penalty, 
•ower, pollution, and finally the presence of sin by the 
trovision and power of God. Complete regeneration gives 
l new life, heart, spirit, song, mind, nature, service, and 
n the resurrection of the righteous a new body trans- 
lorted to a new heaven and a new earth. 

We are saved by a sacrificial Person (2 Cor. 8:9\ Who 
ame to put away sin (Heb. 9:26; 1 John 3:5). The fol- 
owing Scriptures emphasized that this Person is the Son 
•f God and that His name is JESUS (Matt. 1:21; John 
:12; 3:18; Acts 4:12. 10:43; Rom. 10:9; 13; Phil. 2:9- 
1). The bad news is that the wrath of God hangs over 
he guilty sinner because of his sin (Rom. 1:18). But the 
jood news is the gospel of salvation to all who have sav- 
ng faith (Rom. 1:16). God is holding back His wrath, 

giving man extended opportunity (] Then. 1:10; because 
He desires that none should perish (2 Peter '.',:') . 

The Gospel is defined in 1 Corinthian* 15:1-4. Christ 
died for sinners (Rom. 5:6-10;. Salvation it for all 
the lost (Matt. 9:13). I>;t none neglect it (Heb. 2 
All are to seek the Lord (Isa. 55:6), call on His name 
(Acts 2:21), rep'nt (Mark 1:15), have faith in Christ 
and the gospel (John 3:15-16;, confess sin and confess 
Christ (Rom. 10:9, 10), and obey in baptism (Mark 
16:16) and keep His commandments M John 2:4). 

Christ not only died for our sins but He did more — 
He rose the third day according to the Scriptures (1 ( - 
15, 17, 18, 20 >. He gave to His disciples bodily proof of 
His resurrection (Luke 24:36-47). He convinced them of 
His bodily resurrection (John 20:26-29). His resurrection 
vindicates all His claims (Rom. 1:4; Heb. 7:25). His body 
is in Heaven (Acts 1:9-11). His second coming will 
the consummation of our salvation (1 Thess 4:13-18 1. 

Gomments on the Lesson bu the cd'ito: 

Lesson for January 27, 1952 
Lesson: John 3:1-10; 7:45-52 

NICODEMUS WAS A PHARISEE, and by this fact he 
was one of the members of the Sanhedrin, the court 
of appeals for the Jewish people, and an interpreter of 
the law. This made him one who, in all probability, would 
become "anathema" to the people should he becom? an 
outright follower of Jesus. So he came to Jesus "by 
night" that he might satisfy himself as to what was 
"right" and what might be "wrong" about the Master's 

When he arrived in the presence of Jesus, he says a 
rather strange thing, for he addressed Jesus as ""Rabbi" 
(Master Teacher) a»d aeknowldges his belief that Jesus 
is a "teacher come from God." In other words, he begins 
by admitting that Jesus is more than the average Jew 
would be willing to say. We are struck with the fact that 
Jsus answered an unspoken question, for He begins to 
get at the very root of the questioning in Nicodemus' 
heart. Without doubt Nicodemus wanted to know what he 
himself needed to do to become a candidate for disciple- 
ship with Jesus. 

Not^ that Jesus does not deride him for his secret seek- 
ing. Nor does he condemn him for his failure to utterly 
understand all things. What we want to bring out is that 
Nicodemus was an earnest, even if a "hesitant" follower 
of Jesus. 

We fervently wish we could have had a recorded rec- 
ord of all the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemns. 
Whatever it was. we know that Nicodemus left Jesus that 



night a different individual than ho was when he came 
into His presence. 

How do we know? Just turn to the second section of 
our lesson text and note how he came to the defense of 
J sus when the chief priests and Pharisees sought to ar- 
rest Him and bring Him in for questioning. He does not 
say much, but at least he was able to speak out and ex- 
press his disapproval of the methods being used by the 

And that is not all. H~ became one of the two who 
claimed the body of Jesus after the crucifixion. While we 
have no certain record or knowledge of what he did fol- 
lowing the resurrection, we may safely assume that hi? 
became an outspoken follower of the Risen Lord. 

It seems to me that our lesson could find its conclu- 
sion, that, even though onr seeks Jesus in a hesitating 
manner, it is much better this way than not seeking him 
at all. For in earnest seeking one always finds and, once 
having really found, one cannot help but grow in the 
"grace and knowledge" of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 

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"New Year" Greeting from the First Brethren Church 
of Roann to each of you. 

We are entering the new year with great faith in our 
great and loving God who is able to lead us on to vic- 
tory. Our Goals are, "Forward and Upward." 

We are glad to report a very successful Rally Day Ser- 
vice. The Sunday School attendance was 179 and there 
were 181 present for the worship service. 

Because of so many other similar services on the same 
Sunday in Brethren Churches not too far distant, our 
"Homecoming" attendance was not nearly as large as in 
former years. Brother Baldwin's morning message — "A 
Spiritual Homecoming" — was very helpful and inspiring. 
After a sumptuous dinner at noon, all returned to enjoy 
the afternoon service. This included many remarks from 
former members and friends of the church. Brother George 
Pontius, a former pastor, gave the afternoon address 
which was very splendid and much enjoyed. 

On November 8th we had the happy privilege of hav- 
ing Mwa Veda Liskey with us. Her visit proved to be 
a very great blessing. We are rejoicing over the fact that 
nu Roann Church has decided to support a full-time mis- 
sionary on the African field — this will mean a new day 
for our church. 

The Sisterhood girls very delightfully entertained their 
mothers and the members of the Woman's Missionary So- 

ciety at a Christmas party at the church. Instead of a 
gift exchange for themselves the girls purchased clothing 
for some needy European girl. This is the way out of 
selfishness into service. We are sure they will receive a 
rich reward for this gift of love. 

Our youth and children presented a very wonderful 
Christmas program — a drama entitled, "The Contrite 
Spirit." The program closed with a White Gift Service. 

We are looking forward to the beginning of our evan- 
gelistic effort, which is scheduled for January 14 to 28. 
With the leadership of our All-wise God and Father, and 
good team work among the membership, and with the 
able support of our pastor and Rev. Harry Richer and 
wife, backed up by earnest prayer, we believe a great 
blessing awaits us and those who heed the call. 

May blessings both temporal and spiritual be granted 
His children everywhere, as our Heavenly Father sees 
their individual need. Mrs. Birdie Leslie, Cor. Sec. 


We have not written for some time, but we are still 
laboring for the Lord here in Haddix. We believe we have 
a good school this year. Miss Stoffer teaches the lower 
grades and Mrs. Campbell, a Haddix lady, teaches the 
upper grades. We have seventy enrolled. 

The Bible is taught in the school each day and the 
memorizing of Bible verses is greatly stressed. 

We gave our Christmas program on Friday morningi 
to a full house. 

We have Sunday School every Sunday morning. We do' 
not have a large attendance, but God's Word is taught 
to those who come. We also have a mid-week prayer 

We formerly kept up two out-posts and held regular 
services, but they have been dropped this winter, due to 
inability to keep all work going. We visit the homes 
as we have time and give out good reading material. We 
greatly appreciate and need the prayers of God's people. 

Mrs. Myrtle Kessinger. 



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MOORiE-JAGELS. Miss Anita Ruth Moore of Lincoln, 
Nebraska, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Moore, for- 
nerly of Carleton, and Cpl. Wayne H. Jag>els, son of 
VIr. and Mrs. Edward G. Jagels of Davenport, Nebraska, 
vere united in marriage in a beautiful candlelight service 
>n Sunday, December 23, 1951, in the Carleton Brethren 
Hhurch. A reception was held in the church parlors fol- 
owing the ceremony. The bride is a member of the Carle- 
;on Brethren Church. They will make their home tem- 
porarily in California where Cpl. Jagers is stationed. 
VTay God's blessing rest with this young couple as they 
;ravel down life's road together. The double ring cere- 
nony was performed by the undersigned. 

Thomas A. Shannon. 

Death Claims Che CDid-lDest 
District 10. CD. S. "President 

The Mulvane, Kansas, Brethren Church was deeply 
shocked by the sudden passing of Sister Docia Wygal at 
ler home in Mulvane on Monday evening, December 3, 
.951, at the age of 71 years, 10 months and 20 days. 

On Sunday, the day before her death, she attended Sun- 
lay School and church, taught her class, after which the 
>astor and wife dined with her. She seemed well and 
lappy and attended the evening services also. She lived 
done, and her death was not known until her sister, Mrs. 
Cstella Rennick, entered the home on Wednesday morn- 
ng and found that she had passed away. This was a great 
ihock to the church, her relatives, friends and the com- 

She lived her entire life in this community where she 
narried George Wygal on June 15, 1948. To this union 
vere born four sons and one daughter. One son, Milo, and 
ler husband preceded her in death. 

At the age of fifteen years she was baptized and united 
vith the Brethren Church. She was a very faithful, ar- 
lent worker for the Lord, and always enjoyed attending 
he District and General Conferences. It was her happy 
irivilege to be one of the delegates to the General Con- 
erence at Ashland last August, and also to the Mid- 
Vest District Conference at Carleton, Nebraska, last Oc- 
ober. She brought very fine reports to the home church 
:oncerning these conferences. 

Sister Wygal was District W. M. S. President at the 
ime of her passing. She was loved and respected by all 
ind she is greatly missed. The large funeral service at- 
endance was an evident tokej^ f "t he 'jg y gat regard the 
immunity had for her. JBwviftdiP were €en)daj9^ by the 
>astor, the undersigned 1 ; and interment was maa\ in the 
Hulvane Cemetery. J £C A fiT Q ^ 

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Hath to Sent 

LAUTENSCHLAGER. Mrs. Paulino Catherine L 
schlager went to be with her Lord on October 24, 1951, 
at the age of 79 years. Although Mr:-.. Lantefl cMagei 
was a member of the Lutheran Church she had affiliated 
with the Brethren Church for a number of years and was 
a member of the W. M. S. of the Carleton Brethren 
Church. Services were conducted in the church and bur- 
ial was made in the Carleton cemetery, with the writer 
in charge of the service. Thomas A. Shannon 

BOYD. Clinton Albert Boyd was born April 14, 1868 in 
Carroll County, Illinois, and departed to be with his Lord 
on December 12, 1951. He was married to May Keeney 
on January 1, 1895 at Beloit, Wisconsin, Besides the v. 
he is survived by one son, Glenn A.; also five sisters. 
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, three 
brothers and two sisters. He loved the church and when 
the church at Milledgeville was first dedicated it was he 
who rang its bell for the first time. He was janitor of 
the Lanark Church for almost seven years. J. D. Hamel 

STRAIT. Sarah Elizabeth Strait was born in Green 
County, Penna., February 4, 1878 and departed this life 
on December 1, 1951. She was a member of the Quiet 
Dell Brethren Church. She is survived by her husband, 
Floyd Strait; four daughters — Mrs. J. Lloyd Arnold, Mrs. 
Keith McCullough, Mrs. Robert Hinkle and Mrs. Floyd 
Chamber; one son, Stanley; two sisters — Mrs. Edna Clay- 
ton and Mrs. Minnie Wise; ten grandchildren and four 
great grandchildren. Services were held from the Quiet 
Dell church with Rev. A. R. Baer and the undersigned 
officiating. Robert Holsinger. 

BERGER. Mrs. Pansy Berger, aged seventy-two. of 
Goshen, Indiana, passed away on December lfi. 1951, after 
a long illness. Surviving are two daughters — Mr?. A. V. 
Harter and Miss Jeanette Berger; one srranddaus"hter 
and one grandson; two brothers — William Cook and J. E. 
Cook; one sister, Mrs. Amy Lamberson. Mrs. Berger had 
been a member of the Goshen Brethren Church for twen- 
ty-five years. Funeral services at the Goshen church with 
the undersigned, assisted by Rev. Trevor Dillon, officiat- 

^ATTOHER. Pvt. Allen E. Baugher, aged twentv-fh~>°. 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baugher of Goshen. Indi- 
ana, was killed in action in Korea on August 31, 1951. The 
body was returned to Goshen where services were held 
on Sunday afternoon. December 2". 1951 at the Goshen 
Brethi-en Church, with the undersigned and Dr. W. T. 
Duker officiating. 

W. E. Ronk. 

DRACH. Clinton R. Drach. aged sixty-two, of East 
Lansdowne. Penna., the son of the late John E. and Flora 
M. Drach. died on November P. 1951 a? the result of an 
automobile accident. Surviving are his wife. Eva Reichard 
Drach; one daughter, Emery May Drach. and one sister. 
Bertha I. Drach. Funeral services in Allentown. Penna., 
where interment was made. 







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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

Vol. LXXIV, Ho. 4, January 26, 1952 




Published weekly, except the last week in August and 
the Wit week in December. 

Ashland, Ohio 


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J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 



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September 3. 19 2B. 

Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Brother Clarence Fairbanks says 
that a beautiful and well-built table was made and pre- 
sented recently to the Kindergarten Department of the 
Sunday School and that it is greatly appreciated. He also 
says that a new hat and coat rack was installed and that 
a carpet was put down behind the pulpit. Each of these 
adds to the appearance and equipment of the church. 

Brother Fairbanks reports that the fine meeting which 
was held not so long ago by Brother E. M. Riddle is 
having a lasting effect on the congregation and that 
Brother Riddle "helped them to better understand the 
Word of God and to see the real need of personal work." 

Pittsburgh, Penna. We learn from Brother Alvin Grum- 
bling's bulletin that the Pittsburgh Church has changed 
the opening of their financial year to January 1st, thus 
making their fiscal year coincide with the calendar year. 

A Laymen's meeting which was postponed from Jan- 
uary 9th because of the observance of the Week of Prayer, 
has been rescheduled for Monday evening, January 28th, 
at which time further organizational plans will be dis- 

Stress is being laid on the enrollment of tithers in the 
Pittsburgh. Church and a "tithing paper" has been placed 
on their bulletin board for signatures. Brother Grumbling 
says, "Any number from five to fifty-five should find 
place on this paper." 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. We have before us the 
year book of our Akron Church, thirty-two pages, con- 
taining what could be called a "running history of the 

church for 1951." Page two, headed "Victories in 1951," 
gives us the following information: Members added by 
baptism — 23, by previous baptism — 4, total — 27; Debt of 
$1,250.00 paid and note burned; New Junior Church or- 
ganized; a young man, Gerald Brownson, called to the 
Christian ministry (now a student in the pre-seminary 
courge at Ashland College); seats paid for in the new 
proposed church building — $1,100.00; many victories in 
prayer. We also find their goals for 1952 as follows: 1, 
75% of members doing personal work; 2. Every active 
member a soul winner; 3. a fully organized Junior Church; 
4. Every teacher training for greater efficiency in ser- 
vice; 5. Peace, harmony and good will in every member, 
so that non-members are able to say, "Behold how they 
love one another"; 6 and 7. Exercise of prayer. 

Again this year the Akron Church had that unique ser- 
vice known as "The Official Board Public Service," a ser- 
vice in which the members of the Official Board partici- 
pate and at which time the plans are set forth for the 
new year. This service was conducted on Sunday evening, 
January 13th. 

North Liberty, Indiana. Brother J. Edgar Berkshire re- 
ports that the Woman's Missionary Society packed cloth- 
ing which was brought in for overseas relief, at a meet- 
ing which was held on Friday night, January 4th. 

A Religious Census was conducted in the township in 
which North Liberty is situated on Sunday afternoon, 
January 20th, under the sponsorship of the Ministerial 
Association. Our church participated in that canvass 
which called for the contact of about 900 homes. 

North Manchester, Indiana. We note from Brother D. 
Richard Wolfe's bulletin that the North Manchester 
Church was the recent recipient of "two lovely new of- 
fering plates," and that the pulpit was refinished, this 
adding much to the appearance of the chancel in the 

Milled geville, Illinois. We see by the bulletin of Jan- 
uary 13th that Brother D. C. White announces that their 
postponed revival meeting was re-scheduled to begin on 
Sunday, January 20th, and that on Monday evening, Jan- 
uary 21st, a family fellowship supper was to be held at 
(Continued on Page 10) 

January 8 to January 16, 1952 

Matteson, Michigan Brethren Church $ 5.00 

Estella Blackstone, Logan, Ohio 5.00 

Mrs. Ida Himiller, Washington C. H., Ohio 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis M. Benshoff, Girard, Pa 2.00 

Goshen, Indiana First Brethren Church 49.69 

Hagerstown, Maryland Brethren Church 19.74 

Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Erbaugh, West Milton, Ohio .. 5.00 

Minnie Sloan, Mulberry, Indiana 2.00 

Esther K. Black, Beaver Falls, Pa. (Ashland Ch.) 25.00 

C. E. Society Highland, Pa. Brethren Church 5.00 

Haddix, Kentucky Brethren Church 8.00 

Total on January 8th $490.12 

Total as of January 15th $617.55 

JANUARY 26, 1952 


The Wlinisters Wife - $\ Tactful Verson 

THE STORY IS TOLD of a certain minister who often 
got himself into difficulty because of his untactful 
utterances. One day he noticed a woman, whom we shall 
call Mrs. Parker, that he disliked very much, coming up 
his front steps. Taking refuge in his study, he left his 
wife to entertain the caller. 

Half an hour later he emerged from his retreat, and 
hearing nothing in the living room, called to his wife, 
"Has that horrible bore gone?" 

The woman was still there, but the minister's wife 
proved equal to the occasion. "Yes, dear," she called back, 
"she went long ago. Mrs. Parker is here now." 

Far too often we fail to realize what a place the min- 
ister's wife plays in the conduct of the work of the church. 
Very often she is called upon to become a buffer between 
misunderstanding members of the church and her 
preacher-husband. Often she becomes the object of crit- 
icism that should never be hers. How many times the 
minister literally "weeps" upon her shoulder, and there 
finds the understanding and sympathy so much needed in 
times when the going is rough and his best intentioned 
efforts are deemed failures by the all too frequently 
misguided members of his flock. 

The minister's wife bears burdens of which the con- 
gregation at large is many times entirely ignorant. It is 
she that has to turn a sympathizing ear to the troubles 
of countless women of the congregation, who come and 
tell her things which they would be loath to tell directly 
to their pastor, but in the telling to the wife she feels sure 
that the information will be passed on to him more sym- 
pathetically than if they had told him themselves. And 
they are right, for the little lady of the parsonage sees 
the woman's point of view more understandingly than 
the "parson" could possibly under any circumstances. It 
is she that is the most help in solving the problem, which, 
even when solved through her help, is most always at- 
tributed to the fine counsel of the minister. 

The minister's wife most truly becomes the "pastor" 
and spiritual adviser to her husband. To her he confesses 
his failures and his shortcomings; her prayers are mingled 
with his for the success of the undertakings of the par- 
ish. She makes her plans to conform to his desires, and 
often finds herself giving up a cherished undertaking in 
order that she may be by her husband's side at a crit- 
ical moment. She laughs with the joyous, even when her 
heart may be heavy with personal problems; she sorrows 
with the ones who mourn when her own heart is ready 
to burst with joy over some accomplishment or personal 
experience. She is expected to enter into each and every 
activity of the church and its auxiliaries, and if the lead- 
er of any one organization cannot take her part, she is 

supposed to be able, on a moment's notice, to take the 
place thus vacated. If she does it, it is only right that 
she should; if she finds it necessary to refuse — well, 
she is not holding up her end of the work of the church. 
She does readily the "thankless" task3 — tasks which 
others never see or, if seeing, fail to do, or even refuse 
to do. 

If "her" children are "little angels" in church they be- 
come the "butt" of much teasing by other children not 
so well behaved; but if they happen to make one false 
move during the service, the parents of these same chil- 
dren are quick to criticize both pastor and wife, for not 
rearing them properly and point out the fact that they 
are a "bad influence" on the remaining children of the 
congregation. The father being in the pulpit, it is the 
mother upon whom the blame seems to ultimately settle. 

The minister's wife holds it in her hands to "make or 
break" her husband's ministry. By the simple expedient 
of critical remarks in the presence of certain members 
of the congregation, either about her husband or about 
other people, she throws the added burden on him of 
overcoming these criticisms — be they either just or other- 
wise. She can help him by minimizing his faults and ex- 
alting his virtues — for any preacher is bound to have a 
portion of each in his makeup. She probably sees his 
faults more keenly than any of the congregation, but in 
her love for him she becomes his greatest advocate in 
the presence of others. 

The minister's wife usually becomes his most severe 
critic. She notices his mistakes in grammar; his peculiar 
pulpit mannerisms; his slips in pronunciation; his seem- 
ing failure to meet certain people on a given Sunday. 
She informs him about it, but when she does it is with 
the spirit of helpfulness. Under her guidance he learns 
more about what he is doing rightly and what he is do- 
ing wrongly than he was able to glean in all his years 
of study in the seminary. She becomes his teacher in 
more ways than one. 

All honor to the minister's wife. She is one of the un- 
sung heroines of the work of the church. Self-effacing, 
humble, lovable, kind', she is able to do "great things for 
the work of the Master," and her family will always 
"rise up and call her blessed." 

How do I know these things? I am a minister, and I 
know from experience. Be kind to your minister's wife 
— she is doing more for the church than you ever realize. 

Think it over! 

One of the surest roads to unhappiness is to let some- 
one else do your job for you. 



Brother Paul Clapper of Louisville, Ohio, 
is the Superintendent of the Louisville 
Brethren Sunday School, and has liad much 
experience in the conducting of the Sunday 
School. He iras an instrumental part in the 
organization of tlie Brethren Youth move- 
ment and. is deeply interested in the ad- 
vance of the work of the Sunday School 
and youth organizations of the church. His 
analysis of the subject which we asked him 
to investigate and report upon, is well worth 
more than a mere "first reading." It should 
he studied and acted upon in every Sunday 
School in the brotherhood. — Editor. 

TT HAS OFTEN BEEN SAID concerning a leaky roof 
that it can't be fixed when it is raining, and when it 
it fair weather, it doesn't need to be fixed. 

We treat this matter of Sunday School leaks in just 
about the same manner. Perhaps there is someone in 
YOUR church who has noticed a leak in your member- 
ship but, when he mentions the fact to others, it is given 
little or no thought. The usual answer comes back that 
every school is having the same trouble, that it is the 
day in which we live and that it is just to be expected as 
a matter of course. However, let us look at some facts. 

Ralph Neal McEntire has made extensive research over 
the past fifty years and we could do well to heed some of 
his findings. 

In one school a secretary made a study of more than 
600 young people who had quit Sunday School. He found 
that only three out of this number had parents who also 
attended the school. A larger church found it had 842 en- 
rolled from 551 families but that only 37 of these families 
included both parents and one or more children. 

Mr. McEntire has numerous other facts at his finger- 
tips which point conclusively to the importance of paren- 
tal influence upon Sunday School loses. In some schools 
it is thought that if we could canvass the area and get 
the children into our school we would eventually win the 
parents. This does work out to a certain degree, but the 
effect is much more noticeable and much more lasting if 
we would buckle down to the business of winning the par- 
ent FIRST! This is supported by many such examples as 
those given by the McEntire research. 

We take a look at our children's departments and if 
they are rather crowded we take pride in the fact and 
lean back and think the future of the church is assured. 
Foolish are we for we need but take another look into the 
adult department to see an alarming condition exists. 

Have you ever stood, outside your church and noticed 
how many carloads of children are brought to the church, 
and then the car drives away? In some cases the parent 
has decided that his time is worth more to him elsewhere, 
but at any rate, he is glad to have some place for his 
youngsters to go for a few hours each Sunday. Your own 
pastor has probably seen this take place, perhaps all too 
often. We fully realize there are exceptions to this case 
where the father has to do so because of his job, the 


Sttttdeuf, School ^ea&b 

Paul M. Clapper 

shift he works, etc., and for these we are not concerned. 
For the most part these dads make an honest effort to be 
in church when their job permits. 

The ones who cause the most concern and need the most 
work are those who SEND their youngsters to Sunday 
School. Somewhere along the line in their early train- 
ing, these people have missed the boat, spiritually speak- 
ing. Our problem, however, is not how to correct their 
lives, but how to insure our current youngsters from grow- 
ing up and becoming such indifferent stock. 

Well, then what can we do? In the main, the job at 
hand requires an army of consecrated workers who have 
the sincere desire to see Christ's Way of Life instilled 
within their community. I am suggesting that every effort 
be made in every home community to make contact after 
contact, visit after visit, call after call, continually urg- 
ing young and old alike to come to the house of the Lord, 
whenever its doors are open. 

We are so prone to relax in our efforts and we give up 
so easily in our meager endeavors. Love for our fellow- 
man is one of the great commandments given us by our 
God and too many of us are leaving Him with the short 
end of our "deal" with Him. When we accepted Christ, 
we accepted a responsibility to take on new work, new 
activities for His Kingdom. Not the least among these 
is personal work, evangelism, if you please. This is a job 
only YOU can do. It is YOUR responsibility. 

In a recent Sunday School lesson we studied about Je- 
sus, His disciples, and of this thing of accepting and fol- 
lowing Him. During the course of the discussion in my 
teen-age class, an illustration came to mind which is exem- 
lary of the type of relentless, untiring workers we need 

A number of individuals were cited for the many mem- 
bers they had brought into the church through their per- 
sonal contact and one in particular stood out in my mind 
as being the kind we need today. This man had, already 
brought into his home church in the course of several 
years, two hundred individuals through direct contact 
with them. However, one man continued to turn his in- 
vitation down. He would not respond. He would not come 
to church. However, our worker was a true man of the 
Kingdom and d,id not give up in his efforts to win this 
man to the Lord. On the most recent trip to the man's 
house he found him not at home, but the man's pet cat 
was outside the door and our worker wrote a note of in- 
vitation and tied it onto the collar which was around the 
cat's neck. 

JANUARY 26, 1952 


The next Sunday morning, that man was in church. He 
was amazed at such untiring effort on the part of his 
friend, even to leave a note inviting him to come to church 
by way of his cat. He had decided right then and there 
that he knew he would go sooner or later and that it 
might as well be sooner. This last effort seemed to have 
been the one that brought him into action. 

Now the point in mind is not that we should all look for 
the family cat to tie notes of invitation on, but that we 
too might somehow get the stick-to-it-iveness that this loy- 
al worker displayed. The scriptures tell us NOT to be 
weary in well doing, but my, how weak and frail we are! 

Let me say here and now that Sunday School Leaks 
are not "a necessary evil and that we can always expect 
to have them." This is NOT true and need not be true IF 
we are interested enough and sincere in our desires to 
see such a condition corrected. 

If your Sunday School does not show a healthy growth 
from year to year as it ought to do, begin now to check 
your program of activity. You don't need a panel of ex- 
perts to tell you wherein lies your difficulty. 

Are your teachers presenting the truth from God's 

Word or are they touching 'social religion'" Arc they 
coming with sufficient preparation of the lesson? An 
your officers taking their jobs seriously? Do they fj 
a sincere interest in their position? Are. YOU as a mem- 
ber prompt in your attendance SO that the program may 
proceed, as planned without any undue int errup t i on? Have 
YOU spent any time in studying the material so that you 
can intelligently enter into the lesson discussion? Is your 
Sunday School a friendly group? Do you make your visi- 
tors known, make them feel at home? Do you recognize 
the fact that your young people need encouragement, that 
they want to feel wanted, useful? 

How are YOU answering these and other questions 
which I am certain you can find to ask yourself about 
your school? 

I do not purport being a Dr. Cureall or a Mr. Fixit in 
regard to anything, including a leaky Sunday School, but 
I do want you to think on these things. 

What are YOU doing to help curb the loss of members 
through t YOUR indifference? 

The Lord's "Business 

H Wleditation 


By R. A. Hazen 


(Brother Hazen is the Treasurer of the Ashland Park 
Street Church, and vitally interested in all phases of the 
work of the church. — Editor). 


THE SCRIPTURES: "So built we the walls and all the 
wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the 
people had a mind to work" Nehemiah 4:6. 

"Seest thou a man diligent in his business?" Proverbs 

"Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the 
Lord" Romans 12:11. 


THE WORD "BUSINESS" means that which engages 
one's time, attention and labor, as a serious employment. 
Work is the business of life, and this business should 
come before pleasure. 

A dictionary definition of business is: "That which one 
has to do, or should do, duty, mission, merchantile trans- 
actions, traffic in general trade, a commercial or indus- 
trial establishment or enterprise." We refer to business 
generally as a commercial or industrial establishment or 

Most people are engaged in some kind of work, gain- 
fully employed — self-employed or employed by others. To 
be a success one must be loyal to that business. He must 
be interested in it. He must spend time and money in es- 
tablishing and continuing it, or be interested in the other 
person's business. To use the words of St. Paul, he must 
not be "slothful" but diligent. 

In the! study of the life of Jesus wei find that He "went 
about doing good." He was concerned about people. He 
healed them; He preached to them; He taught them as 
one having authority and not as the scribes; He came 

to seek and to save that which was lost. He came that 
we might have the more abundant life. He fed five thou- 
sand men, besides women and children on five loaves and 
two small fishes. He talked to the woman of Samaria at 
the well and told her of the living water. He calmed the 
storm; He went up into the mountain apart from the 
multitude and there prayed. Jesus said. "My Father 
worketh and I work." What an example. 

It seems to me that there is no greater business than 
that of the church. We may not be ministers or mission- 
aries, but any work that we may do, should be done to 
the) honor and glory of the Lord. A teacher in the Sunday 
School told me that he spends two hours each week in 
the preparation of the lesson. 

We should never be engaged in any line of business 
that is questionable. Neither should we be engaged in any 
kinds of play that would bring discredit or shame to our 
church. The Apostle Paul even said that he would not eat 
any meat if it made his brother to offend. 

Now, then, what is our business? Are we spending our 
time, energy and money on the less important things, 
or are we about our Master's business ? Here are some 
of the things we can do to be about this business of the 

Teaching a Sunday School class; singing in the choir: 
directing a choir: playing in or directing a Sunday School 
orchestra; being a Sunday School Superintendent: a youth 
director; a member of the official board: an officer in 
the church or Sunday School: a trustee of the church; 
become a caller on shut-ins: a personal worker to spe3k 



to others at every opportunity about their soul's salva- 
tion — certainly these tell the mission of the church, and 
the church is the biggest business in the world. 

Bible reading and Bible study are necessary; prayer is 
essential to the task; tithing is vital to its continuance. 
Prayer, work and giving go hand in hand. 

To "go about the Master's business" requires time, 
effort and money, and I can think of nothing that will 
give greater joy and more satisfaction than doing the 
Lord's work. After all, it is the only thing that counts 
and is worth while. If we are willing to do the Lord's 
work. He will see to it that we have the time and energy. 

Let us all be about our Master's business. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 


filying Seminar 

Something previously unheard of, not only for Winona 
Lake School of Theology, but for the world, is being 
planned for 1952, by this Institution located at Winona 
Lake, Indiana. It is a "Flying Seminar," including in its 
itinerary London, European centers, Greece, Lebanon, 
Syria, Palestine and Egypt, with the major time de- 
voted to the Near East, with special study of Palestine. 

A Pan American DC-4, with the capacity of fifty-five 
passengers, will carry fifty-one students and auditors, and 
foui* lecturing professors, who will conduct courses en- 
route. Such courses as Biblical Archaeology, New Tes- 
tament, Old Testament and Church History will be given. 
The period of time required will be five weeks, the de- 
parture being scheduled for July 25, and the return on 
August 29. Ten term hours of credit may be earned in 
the period applicable to graduation or transfer. Already 
a considerable number have registered. Course reading 
assignments will be made about January first, so that 
reading can be completed in advance. 

The first session of Winona Lake School of Theology 
in 1952 will begin on June 18, and will close on July 25, 
making it possible for students to attend both sessions, 
the one in residence and the "Flying Seminar." 

The 1951 Session had the largest attendance in the his- 
tory of the Institution, which was founded in 1920, by 
the late Dr. G. Campbell Morgan. A staff of ten out- 
standing theological teachers, representing several Grad- 
uate Theological Seminaries, are engaged for the 1952 

Dr. J. A. Huffman, who was given special honors at 
the last Commencement in July, because of his quarter 
of a century of ministry in connection with Winona Lake 
School of Theology, is the President. 

Brother Delbert B. Flora and Brother E. J. Beekley, 
who have for the past several years attended these ses- 
sions of the School, are planning to take advantage of 
this "Flying Seminar" as it is thus set up. It will mean 
much to those who have the privilege of this course. 

We can't attain happiness by putting a drug into our 
stomachs. Happiness comes by way of the mind and the 

H. A. Gossard 


AS ONE, who is probably classed as an author, I fail 
to understand how so many write upon similar and 
often like subjects without becoming plagiaristic — yet it 
is true, authors without knowing what others have writ- 
ten, seldom, if ever, write anything that seems in the 
least manner to follow the same line of thought; and yet, 
though the finished product be so different, they, in dis- 
cussing the unique situation, seldom disagree on any 
point. I wonder, because of this wide and different range 
of thought, if authors are ever really great; or if they 
should be so rated, or if the old and oft repeated saying, 
"Great minds run in the same channel," might not be ex- 
tremely exaggerated! 

One thing seems evidently commendable in the unlike- 
ness of authors' writings, which is, the wide and differ- 
ent range of thought, considered and compared, affords 
opportunity of choice, and proves that human intelligence 
is inexhaustible, and therefore, limitless in depths and 
heights of attainment. 

I maintain that God created Man perfect in every re- 
spect, and if he fails to maintain that original perfection, 
it is his fault and not God's. No one can conceive what 
man might be if he had not failed by thinking he knew 
much as or more than God. 

If man would yield to Divine guidance, many, if not 
all, the self-placed stumbling blocks would be removed, or 
would have never been placed in his path. Or so it seems 
to me! 

There is no limit to the Mind of Man — 
Its past not fully known, what is to be 

Is even yet a dream. It yet may plan 
For its abode the right Eternity. 

— La Canada, California. 

The American farmer has increased his output 40 per 
cent in the last ten years. This has been because of better 
plant varieties, hybrid seeds, more efficient use of fer- 
tilizer and soil conservation practices. This is making it 
possible to feed an increasing population at home and 
ship food to hungry people abroad. 

Rural pastors are preaching and practicing the prin- 
ciple of stewardship of the land. One New England Min- 
ister who serves a rural church has also built up a run- 
down 130-acre farm. He has contoured and fertilized and 
used cover crops. He has 40 head of registered Holsteins, 
each one of which produces about 10,000 pounds of milk 
a year. "My farming helps me in my preaching," he ex- 
plains. "The life line for each life in the city extends 
back to the land." 

"The Psalmist knew what he was writing when he said, 
The earth is the Lord's. God's goodness is also in the soil, 
the minerals, plants, and animals. It is our duty to pro- 
tect them and use them wisely not only for ourselves but 
for those who follow." 

JANUARY 26, 1952 


The Northern California 
District Conference 

January 17-20, 1952 

(We are sorry that the following program did not ar- 
rive in time for it to be an announcement of value. How- 
ever we print it that the Brotherhood may know the trend 
of the conference. — Editor). 

Conference Theme 

Christian Missions— "GO" 

Christian Education— "TEACH" 

—Matthew 28:19-20. 


Thursday, January 17 

10 :00 Devotional Elmer Gall 

10 :15 Words of Welcome Howard Crom 

Responses by the delegates 
10:30 Moderator's Address — "Intensifying of our 

Missionary Activity" J. Wesley Piatt 

11 :00 Solo Howard Crom 

Business Session 

12:00 — Noon 



Christian Education Emphasis 

2 :00 Devotional Alberta Jordan 

2:15 Address Dr. Glenn L. Clayton 

(President of Ashland College) 

3:00 Special Music 

3:15 Scholarship League Session • 

4:00 Necessary business 

5:30 Evening Meal 


7:30 Song Service Howard Crom 

Devotional Howard Frey 

8 :00 Evangelistic Message Rev. W. C. Berkshire 

Closing Meditations 

Friday, January 18 

10:00 Devotional Fred Kleist 

10:15 Special Music 

Address Dr. Glenn L. Clayton 

11:30 Hymn 

Business Session 

12:00 Noon 



Missionary Emphasis Day 

2:00 Devotional 

2:15 Woman's Missionary Society 

5:30 Evening Meal 


7:30 Song Service Howard Crom in charge 

Devotional Robert Madoski 

8:00 Evangelistic Message Dr. Glenn L. Clayton 

Closing Meditations 

Saturday, January 19 

10:00 Devotional Dorothy Coykendall 

Special Music 
10:15 District Mission Board Program 
11:00 Business Session 

12:00— Noon 

Afternoon — 2:00 

Brethren Berean Band Day 

5:30 — Evening Meal 


7:30 Song Service Howard Crom in charge 

Devotional Richard Madoski 

8:00 Evangelistic Message W. C. Berkshire 

Closing Meditations 

Sunday, January 20 

9:45 Bible School— Alvar Bryce Piatt, Supt. 
11:00 Devotional 

Message Dr. Glenn L. Clayton 

12:00— Noon 



2:00 Song and Praise Service 

Manteca Brethren Church Choir 

2:30 Questions and Answers on Scholarship League 

3:00 Choir Specials 

3:15 Business if necessary 

3 :30 Message Dr. Glenn L. Clayton 

5:00 Evening Meal 


6:30 Christian Endeavor Meetings 

Peggy Queen leading Young People 
Ivan Eubanks leading Seniors 
Edna Johnson leading Intermediates 
Ella Mae Johnson leading Juniors 

7:00 Devotional Truman Collins 

Testimonials; Special Music 

8 :00 Evangelistic Message W. C. Berkshire 

Closing Meditations 

The old saying '"God helps those who help themselves" 
should be shortened to read, "God helps them who help." 



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T/te Indigenous Ghurch 

The "indigenous" church works in Africa. By indigenous 
I mean a Christian church which is native to its location 
in race, language and custom. In Africa — a church of 
Africans for Africans and which Africans support. This 
type of mission work is being discussed so widely that 
it may seem to be brand-new. 

The churches founded by the Apostles were indigenous, 
but "modern methods" produce, too often, poor "hot- 
house" results that cannot be compared with those stal- 
wart, aggressive congregations from which "sounded out 
the word of the Lord." 

The constantly increasing number of pagans in the 
world warns us that Christian Missions are failing, not- 
withstanding all our money, men and modern methods. 
Perhaps, in looking for the reason, we should consider 
the difference between "servants of the mission" and 
"servants of Christ." Unless we missionaries can build 
believers into the Church of Christ and so bring out their 
full force, their full devotion and full loyalty to Him, and 
then push them ahead in the task of evangelism, while 
we train their leaders and continue to decrease while 
they increase, the task will not be done. 

I began in Africa with "modern methods" over forty 
years ago. We aimed, uncertainly, at a self-supporting 
church, but with no definite methods of bringing it into 
existence. We paid the preacher-teachers and gave them 
money to build their homes, schools and for many other 
things. Members increased rapidly and a true work of 
soul -saving was accomplished. These leaders considered 
us to be "rich" and begged from us on all occasions. They 
themselves became the "well-to-do" and their people, in- 
stead of learning to support their pastors, begged from 

I could not blame these African Christians if they were 
mercenary for they were the product of our own system. 
With patience, humility and love, on both sides, and a 
study of the methods of the Apostles, the change was 
accomplished without a loss and a church, the Church of 
Jesus Christ, took its God-appointed place. 

Not only do they now support their own work but they 
send out missionaries. It is an inspiring thing to see them 
coming together to their annual gathering, some of them 

walking as much as two and three hundred miles. The 
great day is the one when African missionaries thrill the 
vast concourse with the triumphs of the grace of God as 
they extend the fighting line. Then ,all have a part as 
they crowd their way to the tables to lay their offerings 
of cash and kind before the Lord that their workers may 
go out and the good work go on. 

When I went into Central Africa I was tempted to 
wait until we had a congregation of saved people before 
planning self-support. By then I had found that the lead- 
ers did not want to be thrown on congregations untrained 
by necessity in giving, which would mean demotion, nor 
did the people want to support their leaders. The third 
day after I came to an untouched area the people asked 
for a school and the whole proposition, in a nutshell, had 
to be faced. 

I lifted up my heart in prayer and with great fear, 
told them that I was not paying them to help me build 
houses where I would eat or sleep or store my goods, but 
a school building was for none of these. It was God's. 
I would not use it at all but only go into it to teach 
them. I would not pay them to build it. What was my 
surprise and joy when they replied without hesitation 
that they would call the people to "work for God," and 
they would build it. 

After a time other communities wanted schools. They 
wanted to work for God too. After permission to occupy 
a site had been secured from the Belgian authorities, the 
original group would go on to help the new community 
to build. 

Building schools in various places raised the question 
of supporting the preacher-teachers who went out. We 
told them that we would open missions here and there 
and teach many things, but we would not be responsible 
for these "out schools." They received the Gospel freely 
at the mission and must take it to their own people. We 
told them it would be necessary for them to make an 
offering and to this they agreed. 

At first, all were enrolled on the school register, but 
now I proposed that I would make out a new register for 
those who wanted to form a company whose purpose was 
the evangelizing of the surrounding territory. I stressed 
that I would not hasten their baptism (a thing they 

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JANUARY 26, 1952 


Horace Huse Is Ordained 
To The Ministry 


ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1951 the Manteca, California, 
Brethren Church enjoyed one of those spiritually 
refreshing and enriching days. The occasion was the or- 
dination to the ministry of the Gospel of our young 
brother, Horace lElmer Huse. 

A good crowd of friends and relatives gathered together 
on Sunday afternoon for the service. The singing of the 
ftiymn, "Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated, Lord 
to Thee," by the| congregation opened the meeting. Rev. 
Frank Gehman led in prayer. "Lord of the Harvest," was 
then sung, after which Brother Virgil Ingraham read the 
report of the Ministers of the District, who had examined 
Horace. Robetrt Madoski then read several Scriptures, as 
did also Frank Gehman and Virgil Ingraham. The Choir 
of the Manteca Brethren Church then sang, "When We 
See Christ." 

The pastor then delivered thtf charge- to the candidate, 
reading II Timothy 4:1-8. With Rev. Melvin Palmer, the 
blind children's worker and evangelist, also present, all 
of the preachers than took their part in the prayer of 

Thus, after having being elected to the Ministry on 
April 9, 1947, Horace Elmer Huse was formally set aside 
to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, as an Elder 
in thei church. He is now in his sixth year at Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary where he is making preparation for 
his high calling. 

The prayers and the good wishes of many accompany 
him in his work and efforts to serve the Living Christ 
in the church he loves. 

It was the pastor's pleasure and privilege to baptize 
the father of Horace; to marry his father and mother, 
and to ordain them to the offices of Deacon and Deacon- 
ess, and then fourteen years ago it became my sad duty 
to preach the" funeral of the father. 

J. Wesley Piatt, Pastor Manteca Brethren Church. 


(j[ fllcohol education 

Every educational effort has objectives. In this re- 
spect, alcohol education does not differ from education in 
other fields. The objectives of each may well be applied 
to the others. They share the common goal of building 
men and Women capable of clear thinking and decisive 

1. To motivate students to seek the lasting and gen- 
uine satisfactions of life through healthful living. 

2. To develop a sense of pride in having a strong, 
healthy body and wholesome mental attitude. 

3. To provide an accurate understanding of the effects 
of alcohol. 

4. To develop a sense of responsibility for one's own 
welfare and that of others. 

5. To develop an attitude of respect for the rights of 
those who have opinions different from your own. 

6. To help young people accept the responsibility for 
making their own decisions on the basis of careful study. 

7. To teach young people to do orderly thinking in 
order to arrive at right conclusions. 

8. To encourage a reasonable expi-ession of individuality 
and evidence of respect for their own views. 

9. To cutivate a desire for wholesome recreational 
activities as a means of satisfying the natural desire for 
a good time. 

10;. To help young people see that the right to experi- 
ment involves accepting the consequences of those ex- 

11. To develop a sense of pride in the kind of con- 
duct which brings a feeling of self-respect and the ap- 
proval of worth-while associates. 

12. To encourage an analytical attitude toward prop- 
aganda of whatever nature and develop the ability to 
analyze it on the basis of motives, methods, and ob- 
jectives. — Scientific Temperance Journal, Summer, 1951. 

Good government is one thing which can't be preserved 
in alcohol. 

Science can never solve the liquor problem. The scien- 
tific method may do so — a fine distinction but a valid one. 


greatly desired) nor need they join if they did not wish 
to. I expected a few of the men would join, but what 
was my amazement when, all- — men, women and children — 
asked to be enrolled. 

After twelve years there were over one hundred Af- 
rican workers out in the districts, all supported by the 
African church. Three thousand have been baptized or 
are in preparation for baptism and fifteen thousand have 
been enrolled in our schools. 

We are building a church — an indigenous church — for 
today and for all time. We firmly believe it is the Lord's 
way. — J. W. Haley, in the "Missionary Digest." 



Uhe College Chapel Diary 
As Observed by The Editor 

Yes, there is progress to report on the Chapel this 
week. The floors in the balcony have been sanded and 
at least the first phase of the finish has been put on f The 
large platform at the front of the auditorium has also 
been sanded preparatory to the finishing. The doors are 
practically all hung and stained. Today (Thursday, Jan- 
uary 17) the carpenters are working on the hanging of 
the front entrance doors. A heavy rain has hampered the 
work of the building of the front steps which were 
started on Tuesday. But it will not be long now until 
we may enter the chapel via these steps. About all of 
the iron railings have been put in place, both inside and 
outside. All in all this past reporting period has shown 
a great deal of progress. What will we be able to report 
next week? Time will tell! 

Items, of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

which time the evangelist was to be with them to be- 
come better acquainted. 

Brother White reports that they now have two won- 
derful Brethren Youth Crusader Organizations, with the 
High School group meeting in the church auditorium 
and the Junior group meeting in the basement. Both or- 
ganizations are having fine programs and excellent at- 

Waterloo, Iowa. We note from Brother Gentle's Janu- 
ary 6th "Brethren Briefs," his parish paper, that the atten- 
dance at the meetings which were held by Brother and 
Sister Harry Richer, was very good and that seven young 
people make their first time confession during the course 
of the services, and that one other young man came for- 
ward a week later. There were also thirty who rededicated 
their lives to the service of the Lord. 

An automatic toaster was presented to Brother and 
Sister Gentle at the annual Church Christmas Party. 

Brother Gentle says that the parsonage was getting 
a "face lifting" with new light green asbestos shingle 
siding being put in place, which is giving a much im- 
proved appearance to the house as well as helping in the 
insulation against the cold weather. 

A very excellent graf is found in the "Briefs" which 
shows a very definite increase in the Sunday School at- 
tendance in 1951 over 1950. 

Brother Gentle reports that during 1951 there were 
eighteen baptisms, and that all those baptized were re- 
ceived into full fellowship in the church. However the 
loss of five members by death brought their net increase 
in membership down to thirteen. 

We also note that the Laymen's Organization had 
thirty-four paid-up memberships in 1950, but that in 
1951 their paid-up membership was increased to forty- 
three. Note that the figures were just reversed and in the 
right way? 

Morrill, Kansas. In what we suspect will be the final 
bulletin which we will receive from Brother Bischof be- 
fore he and his wife move to Ashland, we learn that a 
fine installation service was conducted on Sunday morn- 
ing, January 13th, at which time the officials were im- 
pressively inducted into their respective positions. We 
trust they may carry on with enthusiasm until such time 
as a new resident pastor may be secured. 

A Correction^ We are sorry for an error which crept 
into the account of the passing of Sister Docia Wygal, 
as sent in by Brother J. Burton. The date of her mar- 
riage to Brother George Wygal should have read June 
15, 1898. We beg pardon for the typographical error. 

Rags for our Press Room. We wish to express our thanks 
for bundles of rags which came from the Denver, In- 
diana, Brethren W. M. S., by mail, and from Miss Amy 
Worst of Ashland. 

Word from one of our Long-time Readers. When Mrs. 
Sadie L. Beal of our Mansfield, Ohio, Church recently re- 
newed her subscription to the Evangelist, she sent the 
following note which was addressed to the Editor: "Just 
a line as I send in the money for another year's sub- 
scription to the Evangelist. I know that it is about 65 
years that we have been taking the paper. I am one of 
the oldest members and if I live to see the ninth of Jan- 
uary I will be 87 and I am so thankful to the good Lord 
that I am as good as I am. Thanks for everything." We 
hope that you had a "Happy Birthday" Sister Beal, and 
trust that you will have many more of them. 

Che ^Preacher Clever tOorfcs ? ? ? ? 

I never saw a preacher work, 

Just talk, and preach, and pray; 

We find them where fried chicken is — 

I guess they are just born that way. 

I never saw a preacher work, 

With an ax, or shovel, or hoe. 

In the pews he gets a listening ear, 

From their pockets he gets the "dough." 

I never saw a preacher work, 
Always wears his collar and tie; 
He has tied many couples into a knot, 
To stay until they die. 

I never saw a preacher work, 

In a factory or a store; 

He sells his goods from the pulpit, 

And tramps on our toes 'till they're sore. 

I never saw a preacher work, 

Just driving to and fro, 

Saying, "Brother, you better get ready, 

Or you'll make quite an afterglow." 

And now we turn to the serious side, 
As we know that we justly can — 
He's always ready to open The Book 
And tell us of God's saving plan. 

Howard Joy, Akron, Ohio. 

JANUARY 26, 1952 



Due to the illness of Rev. E. J. Black, his resignation 
has been announced as pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Bryan, Ohio, same to be effective as of Marcn 
31, 1952. 

Any minister interested in serving this field may write 
to the Vice Moderator, the undersigned: 

Herbert Benner, R. R. 4, Bryan, Ohio 


The first Sunday of 1952 was a great day for Mt. Olive. 
At night Miss Veda Liskey spoke to a well filled house. 
Using colored slides she told about Missionary work and 
the African people among whom she has been serving. It 
was an illuminating, inspiring experience to hear and 
see this presentation. Miss Liskey is about to journey 
into Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Brethren there can 
take it from me that a treat awaits them. She has many 
good pictures, speaks well and can answer your questions 
about Africa. Veda was accompanied to the church by 
her father, Mr. George Liskey, a former resident of the 

The Mt. Olive Church had a fine Christmas service on 
Christmas Eve. The children of the Sunday School and 
young people presented a splendid program of recitations 
and a candle-lighting service which was unique in its 
message. The church was beautifully decorated for the 
occasion. Part of the decoration was a -life-sized nativity 
scene used as a backdrop for the program. 

Bethlehem Church's Christmas program was presented 
the Sunday night before Christmas by the children of the 
Sunday School and the Choir. The hidden choir presented 
beautiful Christmas music, while the events of the Holy 
Night were taking place by actors on the stage. The pro- 
gram was in charge of the Youth Fellowship of the church 
and their beautiful decorative arrangements were also 
highly apprciated. John F. Locke, pastor. 


Brother Fred Pippin sends us the following clipping, 
taken from Coldwater, Michigan, "Register." It reads 
as follows: 

"Adults and young people of the Matteson Brethren 
Church believe wholeheartedly in the saying, 'It is better 
to give than to receive.' 

"And they accompanied their thoughts with act 
"Donald French, churcb Leader, and Mr:-:. French, tra 
eled to a home in California Township to bring a ■ 

of Christmas cheer into the lives of nine childi 
their mother. 

"The Matteson young people and adults gave up a gift 
exchange and sent the money, along with a variety of 
articles: two live chickens, wash cloths, towels, domino 
sets and puzzles, canned foods, frozen meats, potatoes, 
apples, popcorn, butter, lard, boxes of candy and dates, 
and dozens of other food products. Clothing and over 
$5.00 worth of new articles was also sent." 

It seems that our church, even though young, is doing 
things the right way. 

e "OC s9C 'GG v3 


October 29 to November 11, 1951 

It was the privilege of the writer to spend two weeks 
with the good people of Bryan, Ohio, in a Revival. It was 
a two-weeek period which I enjoyed to the fullest. Here is 
a highly active group; on every hand one could see so 
many activities in the church that were for the advance- 
ment of the cause of Christ. One thing that we gTeatly 
admired about the congregation was their attentiveness. 
The attendance was not as large as anticipated by many, 
but it seemed that there were other attractions nearly 
every night to lessen our attendance. So, in spite of these 
things our attendance was good. 

The hospitaility of the homes was of the very highest. 
Many thanks to the many homes for their fine hospital- 

It was my privilege to have an opportunity to speak to 
the fine Laymen group one night after the service. Here 
is a group that is a fine example to any group. They are 
truly interested in their work. The weather was against 
our meeting for several nights. Nevertheless the laymen 
could be expected to be on hands. Many laymen groups 
could take a lesson from this group. 

It was also my privilege to stay for the two weeks in 
the home of their fine pastor and his good wife. Here is 
a couple that is deeply consecrated in the work of our 
Lord. They have been greatly used of the Lord, not only 
in this field, but also in other fields, and will continue to 
be used by Him. I have never been in a home where I 
was made more welcome and where I felt any more at 
home. They are both very hard workers and deserve the 
admiration of all the people. May the Lord continue to 
richly bless you in your work. I will long look back upon 
ray stay in Bryan with a great deal of pleasure. Mam- 
notes of appreciation of my humble services during the 
two weeks will long be cherished. Many, many thanks to 
the Church and the Pastor and wife for a very pleasant 
two weeks. Percy C. Miller. Berlin. Penna. 

Lanark, Illinois 

A wonderful time was had by the First Brethren youth 
(Continued on page 14) 



Topic for February 3, 1952 


Genesis 1:26. 2:7 

WHEN WE SPEAK OF MAN, we think of all mem- 
bers of the human race, including men and women 
of all races, creeds, and degrees of civilization. We think 
of man as possessing an eternal soul, in contrast to the 
animals, birds, etc., that do not. We think of man as liv- 
ing this life as a preparation period for the endless life 
which comes after death. Primarily, our main thought, 
since it concerns each of us personally, is where we stand 
with God regarding our purpose in life, and our destiny. 
This thought, in our study of man, we shall endeavor to 
point out. 

1. MAN'S CREATION. When you go to school and 
study "the facts" concerning the origin of man, what do 
you learn? Too often you discover that it is taught that 
man is but a higher evolution of the lower types of ani- 
mals. We call this evil teaching by the name of evolu- 
tion. It is true that man follows related patterns in bod- 
ily structure regarding breathing, movement of bones, 
tissue, digestion, etc., as found in animals. This only serves 
to point out the matchless creative genius of our Creator, 
in making bodies which can exist in the same provided 
envionment. Genesis 2:7 declares that man was made as a 
special, distinct and separate creation by God. Man con- 
tains a soul, which, of course, is that image or likeness 
of God spoken of in Genesis 1:26. The story of the slow 
rise of animal life from the single cell, through the fish 
to the lizard, to the snake, to four footed beasts, to 
monkeys, and then to man, has no backing in scripture. 
Of the animals and of man, it says that "God created" 
them, "each after his kind." That expression "each after 
his own kind" forever shatters the false theories of evo- 
lution as taught today. 

2. THE SOUL. God breathed into the nostrils of this 
man He had formed from the dust of the earth, the breath 
of life, and man became a living. Wise and learned men 
of this age have endeavored to create the parts of an 
egg, an animal, and of man. JBut they cannot inject that 
necessary thing called "life." Only God can do that. The 
young of any species is a creative act of God. For man, 
there is something special, and that is a soul. The Bible 
is silent on the origin of the individual soul. We can un- 
derstand the re-creation of bodies of animals and humans, 
but we must leave the mystery of the soul's origin with 
God. Of this, we are certain, it is a new creative act of 
our God. 

3. WHY MAN THUS HONORED? We note that the 
Creator brought into being the animals of the fields, the 
fish of the sea, and the birds of the air. For man, as we 
have pointed out, there was something special. Man was 

given a soul. To find out why, we must consider that 
purpose for which man was created. A careful study of 
this matter will show you why you are living today. God 
said, "Let! us make man in our own image, after our own 
likeness." He meant, let's make a creature that has per- 
sonality, love, ability, will, appreciation, wisdom, etc. Let 
us put him in a fleshly body and let him have power over 
this world We've created. Let him see its beauty and its 
provision, and thus let him sing praises unto Us. Let him 
be a creature that shall walk and talk with Us, and who 
will worship Us. Let him do this of his own free will. 
Isn't it a shame that when God thus honored us that we 
do so little of the thing for which He created us? 

4. THEN WHAT HAPPENED? God placed this hon- 
ored creature and his companion in a beautiful garden. 
There they were to have power over the animals; also to 
tend and care for the garden. There they were to "be 
fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth," after their 
kind. However they put their will above God's, and rather 
than remain in paradise obedient unto God, they took 
upon themselves the evil nature of sin. They put pride, 
selfishness, falsehoods, theft and deceit above love for God. 
Cast forth from the garden they were fruitful, they mul- 
tiplied and replenished the earth — after their kind. That 
is why each succeeding human is bom, with the evil 
nature of sin in them. 

5. REDEMPTION. We believe, then that God's highest 
creation has sunk to the lowest depths of sin and dissi- 
pation. We believe that man can make no progress up- 
wards by himself. We believe that Christ, the Son of God 
took upon Himself the form of flesh and of sin, to sat- 
isfy the judgment of a God Who said, "the souli that sin- 
neth it shall surely die." Thus through Christ, man has 
hope of redemption. ' Mankind can rise in the power of 
Christ, from his evil animal nature. He can rise, and 
civilization with him, to heights of righteousness, love, 
honesty and purity. That is why Christ is the turning 
point in the life of man. Have you found Him today? 

6. FUTURE. God's purpose in man did not end with 
his creation. We well know that God cares and keeps His 
children. All flesh is as grass, and so we must die. This 
body of dust returns to the dust. Its beauty, of which 
we are so proud today, falls to ashes when the soul de- 
parts. So, it is the soul which should hold our interest 
as we consider man. The soul is as eternal as the God 
Who makes it in His likeness. Never ending existence is 
in store for us. We may curse and cry; we may torture 
or kill this; body — nothing we can do can ever destroy our 
soul. It is for the soul of man that Christ died, so that 
when we die, we must return to God. When we accept 
Christ and believe in Him, also following Him to our 
dying day, our soul shall find its future in heaven. But 
if we curse Christ, walk in the way of the world; if we 
choose rather the glitter of the world's sinful pleasures, 
our soul shall find its way to damnation where all people 
of all ages who died without Christ shall forever suffer 

7. VERY DEFINITELY. The lines are plainly marked. 
The Brethren have long stood on the grounds of the sin- 
fulness of man, the sinlessness of the Christ, and the 
reconciliation of sinful man and God through the sinless 

(Continued on page 14) 

JANUARY 26, 1952 


Prayer THeeting 

TBy G. T. Cjilmev 


When the Enemy comes in like a flood, 

Call on Jesus Who will put him to flight; 

Plead the power of His precious shed blood; 

He will grant you to be strengthened with might. 

Say, "Jesus is here and He will save me." 
Think it also. Call Jesus o'er and o'er! 
Call His name in thought, or speak it softly; 
Say, "Jesus," now more slowly, o'er and o'er. 

The Enemy seeks whom he may devour. 
Jesus is waiting for your thought or call, 
And He works without show. Claim His power! 
You'll be amazed how He prevents a fall. 

— Helen P. Swanson. 

BESIDES THE TEMPTATION to doubt God's Word, 
we are tempted of the world, the flesh, and the devil. 
All of these temptations have been overcome by Christ 
in such a way that the Christian is enabled also to over- 
come them in His name (1 Cor. 10:13). By the word 
"world" is not meant creation but the world systems pro- 
moted by sinful men against the purposes of God. Such 
is an evil world (Gal. 1:4), which lieth in the evil one (1 
John 5:19), and is condemned and perishing (John 3:16- 
18). This world is made up of the lust of the flesh, the 
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). 
The whole world is guilty before God (Rom. 3:19), and 
is at enmity against God and His people (John 17:14). 
Its wisdom is foolishness with God and by its wisdom 
the world cannot know God nor the things of God (1 Cor. 
1:20, 21). Not being able to understand the Christian 
(1 John 3:1), this world speaks evil of him (1 Peter 4:4). 

The Christian is in this world but not of this world 
(John 17:6, 14-16). He has been separated from this world 
by the cross of Christ (Gal. 6:14). He is no longer to be 
conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2), or to love the things 
of the world (1 John 2:15). He is to keep himself un- 
spotted from the world (James 1:17). To be a friend of 
this world is to be an enemy of God (James 4:4). God 
has always sought to keep His people separated from this 
evil world and its evil ways (Gal. 1:4, 5). Whereas the 
Christian is permitted ethical dealings with this world 
for necessities (1 Cor. 5:10; 7:31), he is forbidden to be 
yoked together with unbelievers or to have fellowship 
with them (2 Cor. 6:14-18). The saints are forbidden to 
give themselves to worldly pleasures, fashions, literature, 
music, art, personal adornments, etc. (1 John 2:15, 16. 
1 Tim. 2.9, 10; Luke 8:14). 

For our encouragement, remember that Christ has 
overcome the world (John 16:33)1, that as our Helper He 
is greater than Satan (1 John 4:4), and that with the 

new birth, faith and the Holy Spirit we can o v e T Cfl 
(1 John 5:4, 5). Since temptations come through our eyes 
and ears we are to yield eyes and ears unto God 
for His service instead of the Devil's service (Rom. S: 
11-14). Instead of the brief, unsatisfying pleasures of sin 
(Heb. 11:25), God gives a foretaste of eternal joy at His 
right hand (Psalm 16-11). Instead of outward adornings 
God gives the hidden ornament of a meek and quiet spirit 
(1 Peter 3:3, 4). Instead of the passing things of < arth 
God promises an unfailing inheritance CI Peter 1:4;. 

The fleshly mind is enmity against God (Rom. 8:7). In 
the flesh dwelleth no good thing (Bom. 7:1%). The works 
of the flesh are listed in Gal. 5:19-21. Because of the old 
Adamic nature the new birth is required for the spiritual 
nature (John 3:6, 7). The old nature must be overcome, 
put to death, and its dominion broken (Gal. 5:16). For 
this the power of the will is impossible. Yieldedness to 
God gives victory over evil thoughts and habits (Rom. 
6:13-19). Go not in the way of temptation (Psalm 1:1). 
Guard your thought life (Phil. 4:8; Prov. 23:7). Confess 
sin (1 John 1:9) and forsake it (Rom. 12:9). Temptation 
is of the devil. Resist him (James 4:7). 

Gomments on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for February 3, 1952 

Lesson: Luke 7:36-50 

OUR LESSOiN today brings us in contact with three 
different characters: Jesus — the sinless One; the 
woman — a sinner in her own sight, but repentant before 
Jesus; the Pharisee — a self-righteous man who could not 
understand the meaning of confession and forgiveness. 

It seems passing strange that even though the Phari- 
sees were all trying to find something for which they 
could condemn Jesus, that one of their number should 
invite Him to a meal in his home. We are forced to won- 
der about the attitude of this Pharisee. Did he invite 
Jesus to his home with the hope that he might come across 
some circumstance which would furnish him with suffi- 
cient evidence to convict Him before his friends ? But ac- 
cording to oriental custom this would be rather unthink- 
able, for when people broke bread together there was 
to be an assurance between them that they would not do 
anything to harm either one for that day. at leas:. 

We wonder whether this particular Pharisee was not 
really seeking further proof in his own mind that Jesus 
was what He claimed to be. and we are forced to ask our- 
selves if the woman did not enter the picture at a rather 
inopportune time. 

However it may have been, we may be sure that it all 
worked out for the best interest of all concerned. 

We learn the name of this Pharisee to be Simon. That 



he had had contact with Jesus before this particular time, 
we may ho reasonably sure. They must have known each 
other in more than a passing way. ,But it is difficult to 
reconcile the manner of Jesus' reception when he entered 
Simon's house. Somehow He was not shown the common 
courtesies that came to a guest — the kiss of greeting; 
the water for the cleansing of the tired and dusty feet; 
the oil for the anointing of the head for comfort. 

But let us note that with the entrance of this sinful 
woman, seeking forgiveness, Jesus was given ample op- 
portunity to speak the parable of the creditor and the 
two debtors. Simon surely caught the implication as it 
was told. We can only hope that the meaning sank into 
his heart and that he, too, asked forgiveness for his at- 
titude toward Jesus. 

The main point in our lesson, however, must center 
about the woman. In her we see the picture of a real re- 
pentant sinner, ready to weep over her sins, anxious to 
confess them, willing to give of her most precious pos- 
sessions, and to kneel in worship and adoration before her 
Saviour. Her reward came when Jesus spoke to her in 
words of great meaning — "Thy sins are forgiven." 

As He read the minds of those "that sat at meat" and 
said "within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins 
also?" He gave the real reason for the forgiveness which 
He had so graciously granted, for He said to the woman, 
"Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace." 

Her faith had brought her here; it had led her to a 
tearful repentance; it had caused her to give freely of 
her possessions; it had brought her her freedom from 
sin. How many times we hear the words, "Thy Faith," 
from the lips of Jesus. It was necessary in that day, it 
remains necessary today that we "have faith." The same 
words that came to the woman, come to us today when 
we are under the same conditions — repentant sinners with 
real faith in Jesus as our Saviour — "Thy sins are for- 
given, because thou hast believed." 


Talk not of strength, till your heart has known 
And fought with weakness through long hours alone. 
Talk not of virtue, till your conquering soul 
Has met temptation and gained full control. 
Boast not of garments all unscorched by sin, 
Till you have passed unscathed through fires within. 

Crusader Topic 

(Continued from Page 12; 

Saviour, Christ. That word "reconciliation" is a ten dol- 
lar word which means "bringing back together again." 
In the meantime, we are to live Christ-like lives of pur- 
ity and servicf.-, until the day when we shall see Him 
•'face to face." Since Christ has given us a new birth, 
let us strive in His strength to live as the reflection and 
image of God — His love, His grace — as intended that we 
should be. 


(Continued from page 11) 

at their three-fold New Year's Eve party. There were 
forty in attendance. 

The first part, from 8:00 to 9:00 o'clock, consisted of 
religious film-strips entitled: Hymns for Youth — "O Wor- 
ship the King" and "Jesus Saviour Pilot Me"; "The 
First Year of Christ's Ministry"; "Footsteps of Jesus"; 
and "Guide for Serving." Mr. George Bergdoll, youth 
director, was narrator. 

Following the film-strips, the youth proceeded to the 
basement of the church where the second part of the pro- 
gram, a giant carnival, was held from 9:00 to 11:15. The 
carnival consisted of beautifully decorated booths of games, 
food, and entertainment. 

The last part of the evening program, held upstairs in 
the main auditorium from 11:15 to 12:00 midnight, was 
a highly inspirational candlelight service entitled: "The 
Land of Beginning Again." The narrators were Mr. 
George Bergdoll and Rev. J. D. Hamel. At the closing 
period of meditation everyone was given a sheet of pa- 
per and an envelope upon which they were to write their 
New Year goals and name and address. The goals were 
sealed in the self addressed envelopes. They will be sent 
to the young people a week before* Easter at which time 
they can check up on themselves and see whether or not 
they have, with the help of Jesus Christ, made the new 
year a Land of Beginning again. 

The young people lighted their individual candles from 
a larger candle at the front of the church representing 
Christ and placed their sealed envelopes in front of the 
altar as an offering to Christ. As the old year went out 
and the new year came in they were in silent prayer ask- 
ing the Lord for guidance in the coming year. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

I want to write a few lines and tell you about our won 
derful Christmas. The First Brethren Church of Tucson 
is really growing in spirit and attendance. 

The children of the church put on a little play on the 
Sunday before Christmas, entitled, "The Christmas 
Story." They were really wonderful. Santa Claus came 
and gave oranges and candy to all the children and he 
even visited our good pastor and his loving wife, Rev. and 
Mrs. Vernon Grisso. 

I want to thank the Missionary Board and the Lord 
above personally for sending us such a wonderful couple. 
This week is going to be very busy for all of us in Tuc- 
son. We are very happy to have Rev. Berkshire with us 
at this time. Next Sunday (January 13th) we dedicate 
our Tucson Church. Rev. Berkshire is at this writing con- 
duting pre-dedication services and Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, 
President of Ashland College, will be here Dedication 

I hope your prayers were with us for the week of pre- 

JANUARY 26, 1952 


dedication services, and we trust that souls will be saved. 

Bless every one who has been so good and kind to us, 
and may the good Lord be with all of you. 

Mrs. L. W. Miller 

2501 South Fourth Ave., 

Tucson, Arizona 


MILLER. Mrs. Ella A. Miller, aged 90 years, was born 
March 5, 1861, at Donegal ,and lived all her life in the 
Donegal and Jones Mills communities. She was a mem- 
ber of the Valley .Brethren church and departed to be 
with her Lord, January 4, 1952. Surviving are four sons 
and two daughters: Hays of Wilkinsburg; Ray of Mount 
Pleasant. Luther of Latrobe; Dr. Ernest P. of Manistee, 
Mich.; Mrs. Maude Pearson of Indian Head and Katherint 
at home; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren also 
survive. Funeral services were conducted by the under- 
signed who was assisted by Rev. Harold Garland. 

Elmer M. Keck. 

VAN ORDER. Mrs. Grace Van Order of Somerset, 
Penna., departed to be with the Lord on October 12, 1951. 
She had been a faithful and active member of the Berlin, 
Penna., Brethren Church for thirty-nine years. She is 
survived by one daughter, Mrs. Earl Austin and one broth- 
er, James Dietz. Her husband and daughter Mildred pre- 
ceded her in death in 1944. Services by the undersigned. 

LO WRY. Mrs. Sarah J. Lowry, second oldest member 
of the Berlin, Penna., Brethren Church, passed to her 
reward on December 28, 1951. She had been a member 
of the Brethren Church since 1881, having been baptized 
by Elder H. R. Holsinger in May of that year. She was 
a zealous, faithful member of the church, always present 
as long as health permitted. She was a source of inspira- 
tion to all who knew her. She is survived by three daugh- 
ters; four sons; eighteen grandchildren and one sister. 
Services by the undersigned. 

Percy C. Miller. 

RINEHART. Mrs. Minnie Rinehart, widow of Edward 
Rinehart, and a member of the Linwood, Maryland, Breth- 
ren Church, was born Minnie Stitely, a daughter of Joel 
and Ellen Repp Stitely, pioneer residents of Union County, 
Maryland. She passed to be with her Lord on October 4, 
1951, aged 84 years, 2 months and 25 days. Death came 
as a release from several months of weakness and suf- 
fering. She is survived by two sons, one daughter, a sis- 
ter, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted from the Wright Funer- 
al home in Union Bridge, and burial was made in Pipe 
Creek Cemetery beside the body of her husband who pre- 
ceded her in death by several years. 

Dyoll Belote. 

McENTIRE. f am reporting at the request ot Bister 

Elaine McEntire, the homegoing of her dear corn par 
Brother Harry Blaine McEntire on December ■£'-, 1951, 
whilei enjoying the real spirit of Christmas in • /.Tie, 

15720 S. White, Compton, California. He wat called to 

his home on high where the light will rii dim 

and where the tree will never fade away, and so to him 
it was Christmas on earth and in heaven. He wan aged 
seventy-one years. 

Brother McEntire used to live in Ashland, Ohio, where 
he heard the writer preach the gospel while) he was a 
student in Ashland College. The message of the Word 
lived with him all these years, so his good wife, through 
Miss Ruth Lichty, got in touch with us in Pasadena. 

He letives behind, his wife, Anzella McEntire; two 
sons, Gerald and Herschel, and two grandchildren. God 
grant that in the morning of the Homecoming and the 
grand Reunion, the golden chain will be unbroken, all 
safely Home Sweet Home. 

Services were conducted on the morning of December 
29th and his body was laid at rest in the Forest Lawn 
Cemetery, Glendale, California. The texts were Rev. 1:18 
and 22:17. 

Elder N. W. Jennings, 
1696 Fisk Ave., 
Pasadena, California. 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 


Man is a sinner. As such he can never redeem himself. 
Man's love for sin, his consciousness of guilt incurred by 
his sin, the power of sin over his life, and above all else, 
the penalty due him for his sin — from these man can never 
deliver himself. God must provide a way of escape or man 
is hopelessly doomed to the prison-house of sin. 

But thank God, there is a way of escape provided. God 
sent His Son into the world to save man. I John 4:9-10. 
Man, made in the likeness of God, is thus redeemed by 
God's Son made in the likeness of our humanity. We are 
told also that the Son freely gave Himself to be our ran- 
som. Thus salvation is the free gift from God. It is the 
gift of His grace, freely bestowed in the beloved. Read also 
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is Genesis 3:15. Its last words echo the shouts of the re- 
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It is shameful, even bordering on disgrace, for a Chris- 
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Adrian L. Johnston 

God, Eternal One, help us we pray, 

That we may put our faith in Thee today. 

There is no other source of strength but Thee, 

For things of earth too soon must pass away. 

Lord, help us to appreciate the gifts 

That Thou hast placed about us everywhere. 

W<e do not pray to Thee for self alone, 

But may we one another's burdens sliare. 

Help us that we may always be forgiving, 
Remove from us all avarice and strife. 

Thou didst not place <us here to rhake a living, 
But we are here to mabe for Thee a life. 

Oh, may we hear Thee say when life is ended 

And we have reached the parting of the way: 

"Well done, tvell done, thou good and faithful servant, 
Come thou unto a new and better day.'' 

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Items of general Interest 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Freeman Ankrum says 
that at the last meeting of the Laymen's Organization 
it was decided to put a concrete floor in the parsonage 
garage. There was also some discussion concerning the 
macadamizing of the road. Additional rock wool insula- 
tion has been placed around the water pipes underneath 
the parsonage kitchen floor to keep the pipes from freez- 

Definite plans, looking toward the securing of more 
room for Sunday School and other activities, have been 
outlined. To this end the Sunday School offerings of the 
Second Sunday of each month will be turned into a fund 
for this project. 

Brother Ankrum writes the Editor as follows: "The 
article on the 'Antietam Bible' has been going over well. 
It will be printed in at least four magazines following 
the printing of the article in the Evangelist." The article 
will soon be found in "Horizons" the Sunday School pa- 
per which many of our Sunday Schools receive. 

Gatewood, West Virginia. We note from Brother Cecil 
Bolton's bulletin that Holy Communion was observed on 
Sunday evening, January 21st. 

Wayne Heights, Waynesboro, Penna. We are in receipt 
of two bulletins from Brother N. V. Leatherman that are 
full of "interesting items." Here are a few of them: 

While we made a little premature statement in this 
column concerning the completion of the basement ex- 
cavation for their new church building, Brother Leather- 

man assures, us that it was no fault of ours, because they 
had announced that they expected it to be completed at 
the time we gleaned the information from the former bul- 
letin. His explanation was that the weather man said a 
very firm and decided "No," and delayed the work some- 
what, but from the bulletin of January 13th we judge 
that it is now excavated, for^ we read, "Only a few fin- 
ishing jibes at the old rock and the excavation will be fin- 

Selection of the type and color of the brick for the 
building is being made, and they expect to have the brick 
and the cement blocks on the grounds by the time they 
are ready to begin construction proper in the early spring. 

At the present time they are completing the refinish- 
ing of the pews they aVre using in the temporary chapel. 

A new membership record book is now being signed 
by the members for their regular membership list. Broth- 
er and Sister Leatherman claimed the privilege of being 
the "first signers." 

At the business meeting which was held on January 16th 
action was taken on the new constitution. Officers were 
elected according to the constitution. 

We note that two personal checks for $100.00 each, one 
from Hagerstown, Maryland and the other from Mason- 
town, were recently received to be added to the Wayne 
Heights building fund, and the W. M. S. added another 
$25.00 to their church carpet fund which now totals $75.00. 

Truly our new work there is going forward as it should. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. We see that Broth- 
er Elmer Keck showed colored slides of the Brethren 
Publishing Company building in connection with the day 
of taking the Publication Offering. Brother Keck is doing 
a great deal of good work in presenting the various in- 
terests of the denomination through the means of the 
colored slides which l he himself takes. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Evidently Brother W. S. Benshoff's 
parsonage basement is taking on a different "look" than 
the ordinary basement, for he says that the pastor, to- 
gether with the Youth Hour group, is "rigging up some 
recreational facilities in the parsonage basement," and 
the call has been issued for the donation of recreational 
articles. A basketball is in use; indoor horseshoes and 
checkers are in evidence, and that real progress is being 
made in the setting up of an "O gauge* model railway to 
satisfy the engineering urge of some of the boys." This 
means a lot of work for the parsonage family, but the 
returns will be well worth while, we are sure. 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Percy Miller says that Berlin is 
sending another student to Ashland College — Merle Queer 
planning to enter at the beginning of the second semes- 
ter. Berlin has had a fine representation in both Ashland 
College and Seminary for the past number of years. 

We note that certificates for a full year course — forty 
class hours — in "New Training for Service," have been 
issued to thirteen people. Three of this number have 
already received certificates for two other previous 
courses. Brother Miller is canvassing the situation with 
reference to interest in a course in "Personal Evangel- 

(Continued on page 10) 

FEBRUARY 2, 1952 


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Wltai (Determines Our fictions Day by Day: 


OFTEN We hear people say, when referring to the ac- 
tions of some individual who is acting in a manner of 
which they do not approve, "What makes him act that 
way, do you suppose? I cannot quite understand it!" Have 
you ever stopped to think what it is that makes us act 
and react in the way which we do? 

There was at one time a program <m the radio that 
was called, I believe, "What Makes You Tick?" While 
I did not care for it, it seemed to be a program which 
was aimed at a sort of self-analysis, and well might have 
been turned to something of value had it been aimed in 
the right direction. However this is only mentioned that 
we may sort of "borrow" that phrase and try to find out 
what might be wrong with the mechanism that makes 
"us tick." An analysis of the subject might be an inter- 
esting "thought provoker." Let's see if we can do it! 

In the first place, the conditions under which we are 
born and the environment in which we live, certainly has 
something to do with it, We are born with certain inher- 
ited traits, which have become ours through no fault of 
our own. These traits have been passed on to us because 
they were possessed and are to be found in our ancestors. 
We are often told that we look like and act like certain 
relatives, the resemblance being so great that recognition 
is possible even though no intimate association has been 
evident, Our reaction to our environment is not to be 
wondered at, for we have been reared amid certain cus- 
toms and activities which have literally become a part 
of us. We speak the language of our fathers and moth- 
ers, finding in our vocabulary certain phrases that are in 
daily use in the home. We often mispronounce words just 
because we have always heard them thus spoken. I re- 
member a friend who was utterly astonished when "twit- 
ted" about the use of the word "unless" which he con- 
tinually pronounced "unelse." When shown his mistake 
he could scarcely believe his eyes, and said, "Why in our 
home we always said 'unelse'." 

The way we eat, the manner of our walk, the response 
we make to various phases of life depends upon how we 
are taught and what example we are! given. To learn to 
eat certain foods in our childhood, and when anything is 
offered us that we have not learned to eat at home, far 
too often we are, loath to even try it. We form tastes 
that remain with us through life and our "likes" and 
"dislikes" become very evident and pronounced. 

But let us pass from the realm of the physical and go 
to the realm of the spiritual and the moral. Here, too, 
we find that our place of birth, the kind of a home into 
which we are born, the attitudes of the family toward 
the moral and spiritual planes of life, yes, even the type 
of religion and the religious beliefs which go with that 

religion, or non-belief which comes from an indifferent 
religious life, depends first of all on the influence which 
are brought to bear upon us, particularly in our early life. 

Suppose that you had befen born in China of Chinese 
parents, what would your present attitude toward re- 
ligion be? Suppose that you had had no opportunity to 
hear about the coming of Jesus Christ into the world to 
be the Saviour of the world; suppose that you had always 
been taught that the religion of the world was Buddhism 
or Confucianism or some other form of religious obser- 
vance — wouldn't you have been brought up in such be- 
liefs ? Assuredly you would. Suppose you had been born 
in Russia; had been subject to the training which is given 
the children; had been told that there is no God — there 
is little doubt that you now would be among those that 
have taken up the philosophy of Communism and would 
be a part of that definite present attempt to do away with 
all types of religion. 

How extremely thankful we should all be that we have 
been bom into a land which has rightly been called "the 
land of opportunity," not alone because of the possibili- 
ties along material lines but more wonderfully because of 
the freedom we have to worship our God as we do. We 
should wake up to the danger that has come that we 
might lose this freedom through the efforts of the Com- 
munist in our midst. Born in this land, given freedom 
of thought and action, much is to depend on how that 
thought and action is used. Isn't it about time that Chris- 
tians everywhere rise up and demand as did Joshua. 
"Choose ye this day whom ye will serve!" and then come 
to the same conclusion as did Joshua, "as for me and 
my house, we will serve the Lord." 

To "serve the Lord" means that there must be more 
than mere "lip service, for how easily the lips can speak 
words that are meaningless when the action of the life 
is so different. "Deception" is the key word of the forces 
of evil. Paul realized this when he wrote to the Ephesians 
urging them to be steadfast and to be "no longer chil- 
dren, tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind 
of doctrine, by the slight of men, and cunning craftiness, 
whereby they lie in wait to deceive ..." By such decep- 
tion are we being surrounded today. Isn't it about time 
that we make our actions conform to our real convictions 
and "put on the whole armour of God," in order that we 
may "be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" 
and then having taken on this armour, that we may be 
able to "withstand in the evil day." and "having done all, 
to stand." 

How we meet these problems, then, determines our ac- 
tions day by day. It is ours to determine our course of 
action; no one can make the decisions but ourselves. 



7^0 @&U&tfa*t> Tftitotettty 

Rev. J. D f Hamel 

(This sermon was preached at the time of the Ordina- 
tion of Brother Edwin M. Puterbaugh, in the Lanark, 
Illinois, Brethren Church, December 30, 1951.) 

THE MOST GLORIOUS MOMENT in the history of 
the world was when all that which was best in the 
spiritual experience of the past was gathered up and il- 
luminated in the transcendent personality of Jesus Christ. 

Turning to the record of Christ's life, we find Him ap- 
propriating these words as describing His earthly min- 
istry: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he 
hath anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he 
hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and re- 
covering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that 
are bruised, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." 

And again, while talking to the Father, He said, "As 
thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent 
them into the world." 

As His ministers, up to the degree of OUR ABILITY, 
we share the same joyous commission that was held by 
the Prince of Glory when He was here upon the earth, 
to proclaim His saving Gospel to the fainting, bruised, 
broken, sin-cursed of all the world. 

Who would not be a Christ-called, Heaven-ordained, 
Spirit-filled preacher of the everlasting Gospel of the Son 
of God? 

Phillips Brooks said, "I would rather be a Christian 
minister than anything else." David Livingstone said, "I 
have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me 
to such an office." John Wanamaker, America's great 
merchant, said, "It may be considered by the world a 
great thing to be a merchant, a lawyer, or a doctor, but 
I regard the Christian ministry as the greatest of all the 

The ministry is a great calling. Think of its obliga- 
tions and responsibilities! The world today demands of 
a minister the research of a university professor; the 
artistic taste of a painter; the esthetic temperament of 
a musician; the eloquence of a lecturer; the legal knowl- 
edge of a lawyer; he financial skill of a promotor; the 
tact of a politician; the sympathy of a social settlement 
reformer; the house-to-house visiting capacity of a physi- 
cian, with the goodness of a saint, the boldness, of a hero, 
and the holy zeal of an aroused Old Testament prophet. 
He must excel the actor in action, the novelist in human 
interest, the poet in vision, the historian in fact, and the 
scientist in research, making every utterance real and 
red with his life blood. 

So many are the demands upon the modern minister 
that he is in constant danger of doing everything but 
the one thing he has been ordained to do, and this is why 
Dr. Phelps sounds the warning when he says: "Every min- 
ister has to make a choice in his profession, whether he 
will be an after-dinner speaker, or a scholar; a political 
reformer, or a power in his own pulpit; an administrator 
of ecclesiastical affairs, or an ambassador for Christ." 

Every minister has to make a choice, but if you have been 
called to the ministry, PREACH! 

But how shall we preach? Sensationalism or SALVA- 
TION? In our day and age we see that .the times are 
strenuous; alcohol is not the only intoxicant. People get 
drunk with business, drunk with politics, drunk with so- 
ciety and pleasure, and when they come to church they 
want more stimulant ,and more excitement. If the preacher 
cannot give them a sufficient arousement with science, 
politics, and higher criticism, then let him bring on the 
sensational. Some ministers are turning aside for the sen- 
sational, but why should they? IS THERE ANYTHING 
COMMISSIONED TO PREACH? Think of its themes: 
God, Christ, Sin, Redemption, Pardon, Peace, Life, Death, 
Time, Eternity, Heaven and Hell. Oh, that our eyes might 
be opened to see these things eternally sensational, and 
that our lips might be touched with the sacred fire to so 
proclaim them that our people might be brought heart 
to heart with the holy truths of the eternal. 

We do not need to turn aside for the worldly sensa- 
tional, but we do need a positive, intelligent, scriptural, 
energetic, joyful, and attractive preaching. As men called, ' 
ordained, and inspired of God, we MUST PROCLAIM 

As one has well said, H It is our solemn duty, as min- 
isters, to put the sword of the Spirit into the corrupting 
practices of modern society; to strip the broad phylacteries 
from he robes of modern Pharisees; to startle with a 
fearful dread those who have been complacently saying, 
Lord, Lord, but have not done the things He has com- 
manded.' " 

It is for us as ministers to proclaim the TRANSFORM- 
ING GOSPEL OF CHRIST, to exalt true manhood and 
womanhood; to magnify the marriage relation; and glori- 
fy the home; to reveal the glorious beauty of righteous- 
ness; and fling wide open the gates that give entrance 
into the heavenly city. 

IS THE SALVATION OF MEN. Salvation in its largest 
sense, Salvation of the body, the mind, and the soul; sal- 
vation from sin, from moral infirmity and all spiritual 
immaturity; salvation for the individual, for the nation, 
for the WHOLE WORLD. 

The strenuous purpose of all preaching is to lift men 
out of the bondage of sin and its attending sorrows, into 
the glorious liberty of the children of God. 

Preaching is a divinely solemn business. This world, 
with all its joy and merriment, is filled with tragedy, 
and the eternal tragedy is SIN. Sin that has insulted God's 
majesty, crucified His Son, despised His grace, and trod- 
den under foot His matchless love; Sin, secret, public, 
social, and national. SIN, that blasts childhood, corrupts 

FEBRUARY 2, 1952 


vomanhood, curses manhood, and damns the soul here 
ind hereafter. Isn't there enough tragedy in Sin right here 
m the stage of life, to stir every one of us to action? 

And yet in the face of this eternal tragedy they tell 
is that, "the pulpit is losing its power." Yes, some pul- 
lits are losing their power. The cold, formal, illogical, 
ompromising pulpit is losing its power. But look at the 
lositive, scriptural, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled evange- 
istic pulpits of our day. These pulpits are filled with 
men who have but one passion, and that is the arduous, 
■et glorious work of proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord 
,nd Saviour Jesus Christ. The same passion is our power, 
iut where can we gain this passion-power for our min- 
stry? Turn to the life record of our Lord, and we read 
hat "in the days of his ministry, he offered up prayers 
,nd supplications, with strong crying and tears. And be- 
rig in agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat 
ecame as it were great drops of blood falling upon the 
■round." Tempted in all points as we are, yet He retained 
lis soul-passion by unceasing, soul-agonizing prayer and 
acrificial fellowship with the Father. And this has been 
he secret of power in the God chosen of ,all ages. The 
eal power of our ministry depends upon the vitality of 
ur personal experience with Christ. The true minister 
aust know Christ, and he must live the Christ life! 

The true minister must live in vital soul relations with 
Ihrist. And he must reveal Christ's sympathy to men. 

Without the shadow of a doubt the greatest preachen of 
all ages have put heart-power above bead-power, wheti 
the preacher was the scholastic Newman, the fervent 
Wesley, the conservative Spurgeon, the pro;/ 
Beecher, the eloquent Brooks, or the appealing Billy Sun- 

WE MUST PREACH CHRIST! Nobody has any right 
to preach who has not mighty affirmations to make I 
cerning God's Son, Jesus Christ, and affirmations in which 
there is no questioning about His Deity and saving p 

The world is dying for lack of a living faith, humanity 
is physically sick, mentally befogged, and morally adrift 
because it is ignoring God. The hour has come when 
preachers must consign to the flames their learned lec- 
tures based on superficial criticism, unscriptural theology, 
and impractical ethics, and PREPARE ONCE MORE TO 

We must proclaim it so loudly that every instructor in 
our Christian schools and theological seminaries will 
know that loyalty to the DEITY OF CHRIST is the test 
of faith. As you go into your ministry, Edwin, may you 
proclaim it with such faith, such conviction, and such 
soul-appeal that every ear will hear, every knee will bow, 
and every tongue confess Christ as Lord of all. God Bless 
you Edwin, in your ministry. 




Is ffly Gkurch fit Its Best? 

Rev, A. R. Baer 

THERE WOULD BE NO POINT in trying to hold the 
church up to criticism. Too many, even of her sup- 
josed friends have done that already. It is an easy way 
o get attention and notoriety, but a poor way to help the 
hurch. Many a member has done untold damage to his 
hurch simply by laying bare her faults, and the faults of 
ier members. Certainly the church, being of human con- 
itituency has her faults, and no one would deny it. But 
he church does not deserve such criticism from even her 
memies, much less her friends. It has proven itself the 
me institution in a world of sin, sorrow and frustration 
ible to minister in a helpful way to the changing needs of 
t changing world. It is the one institution empowered to 
>ring light and life to a sin-sick world. It has been em- 
nently successful in bringing salvation to the sinner, eom- 
'ort the sick and hope to the dying. It has enriched the 
piritual life, built up righteousness and established truth. 
t is by such a record that men are compelled to confess 
hat she is a divinely established institution. It has lived 
;hrough hardships and trial, persecution and betrayal, 
md it has done so in spite of human frailties and calcu- 
ated obedience. 

Her path through the centuries is made radiant with 
;he lives of weak men made strong, nobodies transformed 
nto valiant leaders. As we consider the church through 
the years we are compelled to compare it with our pres- 

ent day churches, yours and mine? How does my church 
measure up? What was it that the church has had, which 
we now lack? What practice did they prize which to us 
seems of little worth? It seems that if we can discover 
their source of power, it may be that we might just as 
effectively apply the same methods. If, having learned 
of their means and we still refuse to adopt them, then my 
church is not at her best. 

Certainly, if my church is to be at its best, it must 
again wholeheartedly accept the Word of God. Not merely 
as a matter of form and policy, but because by experience 
it has proved itself a lamp to our feet and a light to our 
pathway. It must in truth be the Bread of Life to the 
hungry soul whose daily partaking of it is a source of 
strength and power. We all need to give the Word of God 
a greater place in our lives. One of the great weaknesses 
of men is their ignorance of the Word. And being ignorant 
of its great worth we do not appreciate it, its truths 
and promises seem so vague, unreal and even ordinary. 
We haven't really tried it out, so we are unable to say 
with the Psalmist, "Thy Word have I hid in my heart 
that I might not sin against Thee." 

If my church is to take the place it ought in the life 
of the community — if she is to maintain her power and 
influence, she must be deeply spiritual. Of course this 
means that individually the members will be spiritual. 



It cannot exist on a high plane, with the members exert- 
ing an influence over the lost and inspiring each other to 
new heights of devotion if her members have no relish 
for worship and prayer. Its members must be challenged 
to the impossible knowing that all the power of the infinite 
is just a prayer away. When my church is at its best, the 
members must know the power and joy of prayer and 
above all covet the presence and leadership of the Holy 
Spirit. They will exalt Christ and be willing to dedicate 
their lives to the Master's will. 

When my church is at its best the members individually 
are pressing toward the prize, the mark of their high cal- 
ling in Christ Jesus. They are growing in grace and in 
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. When a church 
grows, it is alive, for growth is always a sign of life. 
When it stops growing both spiritually and numerically, 
decay and death set in. The life and growth of the church 
reflects merely the collective life and growth of the in- 
dividual members. The great need of the church today is 
for members who are eager to be used of the Lord and 
cause His Kingdom to grow. God's command to Moses as 
they were filled with fear and discouragement was that 
they "Go Forward." It is His command today. 

So if my church is at its best, its members are fed on 
His Word and growing daily in knowledge and power. 
Its members are deeply spiritual and anxious to be of 
service in the extension of the Kingdom, unselfishly min- 
istering to the needs of others, for Christ said "I came 
not to be ministered unto but to minister." 

Is my church — is your church — at its best? If it is, it 
is made so by our loyalty, faithfulness and spiritual zeal, 
or it fails because We fail. —Johnstown, Penna. 

Cdwin W» Vuterbaugh I 

Ordained to The Wlinistry 

'Ghe ^Hcart Ghat Understands 

"Give therefore, thy servant an understanding heart" 
I Kings 3:9. 

Of all the qualities that go to build worthy men and 
women, is there any more important than an understand- 
ing heart? 

One who has been granted an understanding heart has 
a clarity of vision and a keenness of spiritual perception 
far above the average. He is kind, generous, tolerant, 
and, above all, compassionate. 

"Goodness" is not a synonym for "sanctimoniousness." 
That great humanitarian Abraham Lincoln certainly did 
not maintain a holier-than-thou attitude, and he was any- 
thing but a killjoy. The lives of all truly great men and 
women of history are marked by unselfishness and a pro- 
found concern for the welfare and the happiness of others. 

Intuitively to understand means to hope, to love, to sing, 
to laugh. He who understands does more than merely 
forgive. He aids the transgressor to construct a vital, use- 
ful, happy life full of loyalty and devotion to the Mas- 
ter and service to mankind. 

In these days of "wars and rumors of wars," of trouble 
at home and abroad, an understanding heart is especially 
needed by men and women in every walk of life. Nothing 
will so help to preserve peace among the nations and in 
our own hearts as this. Well may each one of us pray, 
"Grant us, divine Father, an understanding heart." — 
Roberta Yantis. 

Sunday evening, December 30, at 7:30 o'clock, Mr. Ed- 
win M. Puterbaugh was ordained to the Christian Min- 
istry in the First Brethren Church at Lanark, Illinois. 
Mr. Puterbaugh is the son of Mr), and Mrs. H. ,B. Puter- 
baugh of Lanark. 

Mr. Edwin Puterbaugh graduated from Ashland Col- 
lege, Ashland, Ohio, in 1941 with the degree of Bachelor 
of Science in Education. After graduating he took a 
teaching position for one year at Lee Center, Illinois, fot- 
lowing which time he spent three years and seven months 
in the Air Force in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. He 
is now working on his degree of Master of Religious Ed- 
ucation at Ashland Theological Seminary, and is also em- 
ployed as statistical clerk at the Shelby Air Force Depot 
in Ohio. 

He was married this past August to Miss Margaret 
Neighbors in New Lebanon, Ohio. Mrs. Puterbaugh grad- 
uated from Ashland College in 1950 with the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts and is now working on the degree of 
Master of Religious Education. She was consecrated to 
the Lord's work at the ordination service. 

Reverend D. C. White, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church in Milledgeville assisted Reverend J. D. Hamel, 
pastor of the Lanark Brethren Church. 

The following is the program of the complete service: 

Prelude Mrs. Max Sisler, Organist 

Invocation Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Hymn— "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" 

Scripture and Prayer Rev. D. C. White 

Violin Solo — "Hymn Variations" Mrs. J. D. Hamel 

Ordination Sermon — "The Christian Ministry" 

Rev. J. D. Hamel 
Vocal Solo— "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" 

Mr. Harry Tallman 

FEBRUARY 2, 1952 


Recommendation for Ordination by the Church 

Mr. Kenneth Truman, Moderator 
Recommendation of the Central District Examining 

Board Rev. D. C. White, Chairman 

The Questioning of the Candidate 

Rev. J. D. Hamel, District Evangelist 

The Ordination Prayer Rev. D. C. White 

The Ordination Charge Rev. D. C. White 

The Consecration Service for Mrs. Edwin Puterbaugh 

Prayer of Consecration Rev. D. C. White 

Hymn — "O Jesus I Have Promised" 

Benediction Rev. Edwin M. Puterbaugh 

Postlude Mrs. Max Sisler 

Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"The God of our Fathers hath chosen thee, that thou 
shouldst know his will and see that Just One and shouldst 
Ihear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his wit- 
ness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard." 
Acts 22:14, 15. 

ONE SOMETIMES WONDERS what would have been 
the result if the first Christians had chosen to hug 
to themselves the blessings of the new life which Christ 
had imparted to them? Christ loved the whole world, 
and for that world He died, and He laid that world upon 
the hearts of His apostles and made; them long to win the 
world for Him. We ourselves would have been living in 
pagan darkness if they had not caught the flame of His 
passion for a redeemed, reclaimed world, and gone out 
to pass on that flame down through the ages. 

When Christ finds .us, He imparts His will to us, and 
in keeping of that "Will of God" is our vocation. All of 
us are called to new life, to faith, to a personal victory 
over sin, to honest and loving human .relations, to win- 
ning others to Christ. The method by which we win men 
may differ from that of another. But whether men are 
won by the practice of honest business principles, or 
through the ministry of medicine, or by consistent, lov- 
ing home life, or through the preaching of the gospel; 
all are called to seek the winning of their children, their 
neighbors, their friends to discipleship with Christ. All 
men under the will of God would spell a world of har- 
mony and peace. That would bring the Kingdom of God 
on earth, a desire for which Christ prayed, and lived, 
and died. 

The world needs so much now, and will always need 
more as time goes on. But the world still needs nothing 
so much as Christian men and women, who are sure of 
their belief in Christ, devoted to His Church and His King- 
dom, consistent in character, eager in service, having joy- 
ous fellowship, one with another, radiant, and conse- 
quently victorious. What has your conversion meant to 

By Rev. J. G. Doddw 

(The following summary of the teachings on "The 
Tithe" was formed after a series of studk-3 had b 
made in the Akron Firestone Park, Ohio, Brethren Church. 
We pass them on to the readers of the Evangelist in the 

hope that they will study this great topic more closely 
and learn what "this means of grac<:" can do for both 
the individual and the church at large. — Editor; 

HAVING LEARNED in a study of The Tithe, as taught 
in both the Old and the New Testaments, we find 
that THE TITHE is ordained of God, and we wish to 
state our findings: 

I. God requires THE TITHE as a means of teaching 
men their stewardship and accountability. 

1. In the patriarchal dispensation we find God exercis- 
ing His ownership in the case of Abraham, who recog- 
nized it by paying tithes. 

2. In the dispensation of the law THE TITHE was given 
a special significance because Israel belonged to God in 
a special way, for He had redeemed them from the bond- 
age of Egypt. 

3. In the Gospel dispensation the consecration of THE 
TITHE as holy to God has a special significance because 
we have been redeemed from the bondage of sin by the 
precious blood of Christ. The giving of a tenth is a sym- 
bol of His ownership of all. 

THE TITHE was observed by Abraham for the sup- 
port of the ministry (Genesis 14:18-20), and is further 
enjoined upon the church in this dispensation (I Corin- 
thians 9:7-14). 

II. Teaching of the New Testament and the Early Church 

1. Jesus enjoined THE TITHE and made it binding. 
In speaking of the Tithe, He said. "These OUGHT ye to 
have done." What does OUGHT mean? 

2. The Apostles also taught THE TTTHE. Not one of 
them is accused of opposing it, while two of them clear- 
ly teach it, (I Corinthians 9:7-14: Hebrews 7:1-20). 

3. Augustine (354 A. D.)j the greatest theologian of 
the eai-ly church, says, "TITHES ought to be paid from 
whatever your occupation. Tithes are required as a debt. 
He who would procure either pardon or reward, let him 
pay tithes, and out of the nine parts give alms. God who 
has given us the whole has thought it meet to ask the 
tenth from us, not for His benefit, but for our own." 

III. Therefore inasmuch as: The Principle of Steward- 
ship belongs to all ages: it is not annulled because we 
are accounted children: it involves the support of the 
steward; and the Principle of Stewardship means the use 
of everything according to the will of God — we conclude: 

1. That THE TITHE is 10 r I- of our net gross income. 

2. That expenses incurred for conducting the business 
which produces our income is to be counted as capital 
invested, not as increase, and therefore is not tithed. 

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^Dedication of The View Tucson, Urizona, Ghurch 

January 13, IQ52 

The Pastor 

In the land of warmth and sunshine 
we experienced glorious sunny days 
preceding our Dedication and after, 
but on the day of the Dedication of 
our church, it rained all day! 

Brother Clayton Berkshire arrived 
a week and one day in advance, and 
services were held each evening dur- 
ing the week preceding the Dedication. 
The emphasis was upon Brethren 
teaching, commitment and rededica- 
tion of life ahead of dedication of our 
Church. We called constantly each 
day and added much to our contacts in 
the city. 
The church building was ready for the Dedication. Al- 
though many times we feared we could not be ready, it 
was here the Lord blessed in most ways. I could not be- 
gin to tell the times and ways we launched out on faith 
in projects of furniture, landscaping, floor coverings and 
appointments; each time exact amounts of money came 
in from unexpected sources, with labor again and again 
voluntered, until we came to know that whatever we un- 
dertook in "faith believing" God would supply. 

When all the polishing, cleaning, appointments and fur- 
niture were finished, the effect was beautiful in all its 
simplicity. We saw crystals of tears flowing down cheeks 
of those who had prayed and worked with us for many 
months, looking to this day. 

With the rainy day we realized barely what we had 
expected — a nice crowd for the day with no surprise over- 
flow. There were 81 in Sunday School, 120 in the morn- 
ing worship hour and about 140 at the Dedication in the 

The Dedication service was opened with our theme song, 
"The Old Rugged Cross," Mrs. Kenneth Seiler playing 
the piano, Jerry Seiler responding in the distance with the 
same tune on his trumpet, the choir joining in with the 
words. Our chancel is centered and crowned by a large 

picture window, broken only by a huge redwood cross, 
draped by a beautiful, green, thin net material, through 
which the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains are ever 

Special vocal numbers during the day included "How 
Beautiful upon the Mountains," Mrs. Kenneth Seiler; 
"Let Us Come unto the Mountain of the Lord," Mrs. Glenn 
Clayton, and "Bless This Church," Mrs. Ray Johnson, 
daughter-in-law of Rev. Cecil Johnson- The choir sang, "I 
Walked Today Where Jesus Walked," and "My God and 
I." Mrs. Kenneth Seiler directs the choir. 

Ministers present and taking part in the program were 
the following: Chaplain Phillips of Davis Mountain Air 
Base, Tucson; Reverend Eugene Slone, Emmanual Bap- 
tist Church, Tucson; Reverend G. G. Ganefield, Church of 
the Brethren retired minister . and singer, recuperating in 
Tucson; Reverend CI. C. Grisso, vacationing and working 
hard in our church here in Tucson; Reverend Cecil John- 
son and Reverend J. Wesley Piatt of Manteca, California; 
Reverend Clayton Berkshire, representing the Missionary 
Board, and Dr. Glenn Clayton, President of Ashland Col- 
lege and our Dedication speaker. It is needless to say 
how it thrilled our hearts to have these men with us, as- 
sisting and strengthening us. The California delegation 
drove over j 800' miles each way to be with us, taking two 
days coming and two days returning. There were nine 
in the group; that's sacrificial support! 

Dr. Clayton also had charge of the reception of Dedi- 
cation gifts. Mr. Condict Smith, deason, trustee and treas- 
urer, reports that we received over $500.00 in cash and 
$1,100 in pledges. The pastor had the Dedication with 
Brother Berkshire leading in the Dedication prayer and 
bringing the charge from the Missionary Board. 

Special greetings were also presented from the Lan- 
ark Church, by Brice Puterbaugh; from the Smith ville, 
Ohio, Church, by Mrs. Maude Rutt; and from Nappanee, 
Indiana, Church by Mrs. Rosemary Zook. Mainly through 
the efforts of one dear sister in our church the chancel 
was filled with beautiful flowers. 

FEBRUARY 2, 1952 


With the wonderful cooperation of all our women, ap- 
proximately ,75 people were received at the parsonage, 
after the Dedication, at a reception and buffet supper. It 
was truly a feast of blessing and rejoicing. 

The initial task is done! The work is ready to begin. 
The field is so vast, the contacts already so innumerable 
that there is no question as to where to start; we just 
keep on going. One year ago Dedication Day, Tucson was 
chosen as a Missionary Project; three months later the 
Pastor and his family arrived to start the work; just three 
months later the parsonage was occupied; another three 
months later the church was occupied; still another three 
months later we dedicated it. We go on from here! 

God, the Missionary .Board and all Brethren have been 
so good to us! Seldom a week goes by but checks come 
from individuals, Sunday School classes or organizations, 
from here, there and everywhere. In the meanwhile the 
telephone is ringing, with daily inquiries from former 
Brethren, Church of the Brethren, United Brethren, etc., 
asking how to get to our church or the time of our ser- 
vices. Until you are more personally thanked — thank you 
so much — all of you who have remembered us in special 
ways. Our appreciation also is unlimited for the many 
Brethren who are wintering in Tucson and are support- 
ing all of our services. 

We of Tucson, ( cannot take one part of personal glory 
or credit for any part of the work, or the church. It has 
indubitably been a creation of God, fashioned by the hands, 
hearts, souls and organizations of the entire Brotherhood. 
May we continue to serve faithfully, "Such a Lord," guided 
by prayer, seeking souls and saving the lost! 

In .His Name, 

Vernon D. Grisso, Tucson, Arizona. 


Dr. H. Richard Rasmusson, Indiana, Presbyterian pas- 
tor, at a meeting of Quakers: "... the war we should 
fight (today) is the war for the souls and the minds of 
men . . . Even if World War III should come, we are not 
sure it would rid the world of Communism, because it 
would create new problems that do not now confront us." 


Most of the ministers in Korea have been liquidated by 
the Communists. A missionary, recenetly returned, states 
that only two ; of 600 Korean ministers of the Gospel re- 
main alive in the Northern half of Korea. 



The regular Quarterly Meeting of the Southern Indiana 
Laymen will be held at the Loree Brethren Church on 
Monday evening, February 18th. Supper will be served 
from 6:00 to 7:30 o'clock. We are expecting you! 

Guy V. Purdy, Secretary. 

On Compulsory Military 

(Taken from Brethren Evangelist November 24, 1926 > 

TT IS ENCOURAGING to note more and more of our 
outstanding leaders approaching the Dunker position of 
opposition to war and to find one who challenges the cour- 
age of even a member of one of the pacifist or non-re- 
sistant churches, and it helps to spur us to greater hero- 
ism in defense of the Gospel attitude toward war that 
we have long professed but too feebly defended. When 
Daniel L. Marsh became president of .Boston University 
last spring, his first official act was to abolish compul- 
sory military training from his university. On Armistice 
Day he made his first annual report to the board of trus- 
tees of that school, and he set forth his reasons for his 
policy in a forceful manner. He does leave his way open 
to bless war if it becomes "necessary," which provision 
is a fairly satisfactory second choice in the opinion of 
the war makers, if they cannot bring one to favor whole- 
hearted preparation for war. But Dr. Marsh's courage in 
abolishing military training as a compulsory course is 
commendable. He says: 

"I am opposed to compulsory military drill: 
"First. Because I am an American and believe in Amer- 
ica. I am opposed to Russianizing, Prussianizing or 
Europeanizing America. Compulsory military drill is for- 
eign to the genius of America. 

"Second. Because I stand shoulder to shoulder with all 
good Americans in their opposition to war. Some feel that 
a ( high state of military preparedness is the best guar- 
antee against war. I do not agree with them. It seems 
to me that an accurate reading of history shows that 
military preparedness creates the will to war instead of 
the will to peace. Just because America is rich and pow- 
erful is all the more reason why she should be an ex- 
ample to the rest of the world. This does not mean that 
I would not go to war when necessary. I am not a 
'pacifist' in the modern meaning of that term. If Amer- 
ica's life or ideals should be imperilled. I would advo- 
cate the conscription of human life for their defense, and 
I would go further than that: I would insist upon the 
conscription of wealth and labor as the counterpart of the 
conscription of life. 

"Third. Because I believe in Boston University. It was 
not founded to train men to fight. It was chartered to 
'promote virtue and piety, and learning in the languages 
and the liberal arts and sciences.' It is set for an educa- 
tion that means unfolding of personality, the cultivation 
of ideals, the bestowal of vision, the clarifying of pur- 
pose, the strengthening of will, the development of power. 
Is it not an anomaly to require a young man to take two 
years of military drill before he can receive an academic 
degree from Boston University ? In sticking to its busi- 
ness of education the university serves the nation best. 
Government by force has become a tragic failure. Men 
are tired of physical domination. They are in a m 
to try out the ideals of government by instruction,. 

"Fourth. I am opposed to compulsory military training 



because 1 try to be a Christian. I do not say that those 
who differ from me are not trying to be Christians. But 
I must make my actions square with my own .best con- 
victions. If I understand the spirit of Christianity, it is 
opposed to war, and the best interpreters of Christianity 
are opposed to a high state of military preparedness be- 
cause, in the past, instead of guaranteeing peace it has 
only guaranteed war. The inspiration of our opposition 
to compulsory military drill does not come from the Rus- 
sia of today — that it does is a charge too silly to be no- 
ticed. Our inspiration comes from the Palestine of long 

— Submitted by the Committee on Peace 
of the General Conference. 
By E. M. Riddle 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Brother Miller is to be the devotional speaker on the 
Somerset Radio Station from 9:15 to 9:30 A. M., Febru- 
ary 4th to 8th inclusive. 

Masontown, Penna. Brother William Keeling reports 
that their new "Building Fund" has now reached the sum 
of |104.00. He also says that "Pete, the Pig" had a $40.00 
meal the week of January 13th. This money goes to the 
leper fund. 

Johnstown, Penna., Third. Brother A. R. Baer tells us 
that the Third Church is cooperating with the "West End 
Union Leadership Training School," which began its ses- 
sions on Monday evening, January 7th. So far he reports 
the registration of five from the Third Church, with more 
expected to enroll. 

In comparison of offerings the following is shown, and 
here we quote: "The 1951 Thanksgiving Offering showed 
a splendid increase in Home Mission interest. This year's 
offering was $617.75 as compared with $532.54 for 1950. 
This year's White Gift offering was $76.50 as compared 
with $65.75 in 1950." 

Canton, Ohio, Trinity. An installation service was con- 
ducted on Sunday, January 20th for the new officers re- 
cently elected at the Annual Business Meeting. 

At the above business meeting it was decided to make 
a drive for the raising of $2,000.00 to be paid on the Mis- 
sion Board loan, payment to be made by Easter. The 
membership is asked to join in a "Tithing Campaign" 
which is to be begun in March and find its culmination 
on Easter Sunday. Brother Stogsdill is pastor. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick says the Gratis Breth- 
ren Church and the Gratis Community joined together in 
the making of a fine contribution of $317.00 toward the 
purchase of an auto for the pastor and wife. The auto 
is a 1948 black Fleetmaster Chervolet, equipped with radio 
and heater. He expresses his appreciation and says that 
"the gift was a big lift in the purchase of the car." 

We note that the Gratis Sunday School is sending a 
copy of the New Testament and Psalms, with brown zip- 
per binding, to each of their men who are in the service 
of the country. 

Dayton, Ohio. We note that the Miami Valley Laymen 
were entertained in their meeting by the Dayton Hillcrest 
Church, on Monday evening, January 21st. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King says that a week 
of Pre-Easter services are being planned. Also that a goal 
for the winning of souls by the Bible Classes of the Sun- 
day School between the present time and Easter has been 
set at sixty-two. 

Three more were added to the Elkhart membership by 
confession and baptism since the last report. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. EL Meyer says in his 
January 13th bulletin: "We were over the top again in 
our Cash Day Gifts. The goal was set at $2,000.00 and the 
gifts amounted to $2,374.90 for the day. The gifts for 
the full quarter were $2,639.17. We are so pleased be- 
cause this brings our total of indebtedness down to less 
than $30,000.00." 

Peru, Indiana. From Brother J. M. Bowman's bulletin 
of January 13th we note that they had as special guests 
some people from Ukraine for the evening service of the 
above date. Mr. Tymoshenko furnished accordion music; 
Alecksadra Tymoshenko and Alia Bariban brought vocal 
selections and told stories of their homeland — Ukraine. 
Following this Brother Bowman brought the message on 
"Courageous Living." 

College Corner, Indiana. In a recent letter from Brother 
Ernest Minegar, College Corner pastor, he says, "Just a 
note to say that I am still in the hospital for a opera- 
tion on the spine." He said this operation was to have 
been performed on January 14th, but we have not heard 
concerning the results. His letter goes on to say, "The 
Lord has been good to me in my confinement here (Vet- 
erans' Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana) and has used me 
in the winning of a patient to Christ. There is a great 
opportunity here to witness for Christ, and I make use 
of every opportunity." We trust Brother Minegar is now 
well on the road to complete recovery. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. We learn from Brother White's 
bulletin that Brother J. Ray Klingensmith is closing an 
evangelistic meeting at Milledgeville on Sunday, February 
3rd. We also note that on Tuesday, January 29th he was 
scheduled to review the mission study book, "We Amer- 
icans — North and South." 

Lanark, Illinois. We note that one of the Sunday School 
classes had a unique pot-luck supper meeting recently. 
They called it a "Backward Pot-luck Supper." Not only 
was the supper eaten backward — dessert first, but the pro- 
gram was also conducted backward. Just how this was 
done they do not say, but we can guess, 

Our Lanark Church Correspondent, Mrs. Rahn, notes on 
the top of the bulletin of January 13th, that "Attendance 
at Sunday School was 178 in spite of thick fog and icy 

We must love unworthy ones as we unworthy ones have 
been loved. 

Weeds in the garden of thought, soon make a person 
look seedy. 

FEBRUARY 2, 1952 



(Continued from page 7) 

3. No debt of expense incurred for other than business 
purposes is to be deducted from the increase before it is 
tithed; that is to say, no person in any pursuit, may de- 
duct any sum for home, or living, or personal purposes of 
whatever sort, from his income until he has deducted the 
Lord's tenth. The FIRST TENTH is God's tenth, just as 
the FIRST DAY of every seven is now the Lord's day — 
neither of which is ours to use for our own selfish and 
sacrilegious purposes. 

4. That THE TITHE is for the support of the ministry 
and the expenses of administering the services of the 
local church. 

5. That 5% is not the tithe; 20% is not the tithe. THE 
TITHE is 10%. Gifts above 10% are offerings. 

6. That a TITHER is one who TITHES according to 
the teaching of the WORD OF GOD. 

— Akron, Ohio. 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 


The word "atonement" is not found in our New Testa- 
ment. Yet it stands for the greatest accomplishment of 
God's undertaking for man. It has been said by some 
one that the central fact of Christianity is the incarna- 
tion. But equally important is the truth that the main 
object of the incarnation is the atonement. The term 
means the saving work jof Christ effected through His 

Note the facts again: man is a sinner and as such he 
cannot save himself. Sin involves guilt and estranges man 
from God; sin involves penalty and ends in spiritual death. 
God's gift of grace provides deliverance. This deliver- 
ance is effected through the death of Christ. How we 
may never be able to tell. But the facts of the New Tes- 
tament and the Holy Spirit's interpretation of these facts, 
both positively set forth the following results as wrought 
by that death, namely: 

1. The demands of God's righteousness are fully met 

2. Salvation is provided for every one who believes. 

Read Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45. John 3:14-15. 

We find statements such as the following: "Christ died 
for us" (Romans 5:8); "Christ died for our sins" (I Cor. 
15:3); "Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6); 
" . . . who gave himself a ransom for all" (I Timothy 
2:6) — and many other similar passages. What do all such 
words mean ? They can only mean that in a way we may 
not be able to explain, God reconciles the world unto Him- 
self through the death of Jesus. 

Uhe College Chapel Diary 
As Observed by The Editor 

Just back from the Chapel. The only words that will 
express the feeling that comes when we enter tl 
are to be found in the expression, "It is more wonderful 

than we could ever have r< •••j.-.oh to < xpect." In fact 
well may be overjoyed in the accomplishment.-; we find. 

Yes, we have plenty to tell you this week. Let's walk 
through the building and seek bo describe the progress 
which has been made since last report. Entering the audi- 
torium we first notice that the lights are all in and burn- 
ing. They are semi-concealed in banks across the room, 
making a very soft and yet wonderful light. We see that 
the platform is all finished and all the doors around the 
entire upstairs portion of the building are hung except 
the east door of the three in the outdoor entrance. All 
are stained. Going to the front and looking back we see 
that all the railings are up in the balcony and floors fin- 
ished ready for seating. Passing on to the basement we 
see all the lights are on and they are beautiful. The base- 
ment walls are being painted with a dork color about five 
feet above the floor and light color above this height. 
The rest rooms have all equipment placed. An instantane- 
ous water heater has been placed in the kitchen. The doors 
are being hung. On the outside we find the front steps 
in, and they are ready to lay the tile on the vestibule en- 
trance and the vestibule itself. If the sun ever shines we 
hope to bring you some pictures soon. ,Be on the lookout 
for them. You must see it all to really believe it. 

Are the graces of Jesus' ministering life, working out 
through you in your home; in your business; in your do- 
mestic circle? 

He who can sacrifice most cheerfully and suffer most 
patiently approaches most rapidly to the sublime and the 

Need a Stimulant? Try sun, wind, weather. 


After a number of weeks of effort on the part of 
Brother and Sister Charles Munson to get their daugh- 
ter Bonnie, polio victim, into a hospital where greater 
muscular exercises and activity might be given her, they 
at last have succeeded in gaining entrance in the Gates 
Children's Hospital at Elyria, Ohio. They report that 
after just two days in this new place she has shown won- 
derful improvement. Surely God has answered a multitude 
of prayers that have gone up in her behalf. She would 
appreciate a card from you, we are sure. Address her: 
Miss Bonnie Munson. c o Gates Children's Hospital. 
Elyria, Ohio. 

Be Sure To Read The Benevolent Issue Next Week 




Topic for February 10, 1952 


Psalm 14; Romans 3:23 

ONE THING that everyone must admit is that sin is in 
the world. We see its terrible acts, and tragic re- 
sults on every hand. The Bible's central theme is con- 
cerned with the answer to the "sin-problem." "All have 
sinned and come short of the glory of God," so the Bible 
says. Thus sin is universal, for all have sinned. We do 
not have room to deal fully with this phase of the sub- 
ject. Another difficulty in treating this subject is found 
in the fact that there are many different ideas on what 
constitutes "sin." It is doubtful if any two Brethren agree 
completely in the classification of what is sin and what is 
not. So, our problem multiplies. However, we are all 
united in the general definition of sin. Various shades of 
interpretation will classify each as we grow in grace and 
seek a deeper daily walk with our Saviour. 

1. WHAT IS SIN? In this respect we are not thinking 
of whether or not some things we do are sin. We are 
thinking of the all-inclusice word "sin." A study of the 
scriptures will show us that all sin is a transgression of 
God's law. All sin is an offense against God. He has set 
up a standard of behavior. Abide by that standard and you 
are living according to God's will and pleasing to Him. 
But fall below the standard, commit acts not in accord 
with His will, and you sin. At the very base of sin is a 
person's self-will and self-interest. Greed, lust, egotism, 
pride, revenge, hate, deceit — all fall in this classification. 
These roots are to a more or less degree, planted in the 
hearts of all people. Given nourishment and room to 
grow, they become sin in an active state. Thus, when we 
think of sin, we think of it as that which puts self ahead 
of God, disregards His standards and which now and ever- 
more separates us from Him. 

2. SIN IN US. We think of the words, "Original Sin" 
and discover they refer to the sin which we have inher- 
ited from our first parents. This is the sin under which 
each person is cursed and condemned. Romans 5:12 says, 
"Death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." 
No one, save Jesus Christ, has been born into this world 
without this curse of sin. At the age of accountability we 
become responsible for this sin. For this sin, Christ died, 
and we are asked to transfer this sin burden to Him. 
Then He gives us salvation. Likewise there is "actual 
sin," meaning those sins we commit day by day. When 
we accept Christ we receive forgiveness for the sin which 
we inherited from our parents, which is our sinful na- 
ture. Then we are transformed by the power of His Bloo.1 
into new creatures in Him. However we find ourselves 
confronted with temptations to sin, and we do sin. So, we 
must always seek forgiveness from these sins of daily 
living. There are "sins of commission" — sinful acts and 

deeds; also "sins of omission" — failure to pray, to give, 
to come to church, etc. — all below the standard of Chris- 
tian living as set forth by Christ. 

3. vTHE RUIN OF SIN. We are told that "the wages 
of sin is death." Psalm 14 gives a picture of a person who 
is completely given over to sin. Sin destroys the beauty 
of the physical, paking a beast out of a human being. 
Sin destroys the mind, making a person's thinking cor- 
rupt and evil. Sin strangles the spirit of man. Thus sin, 
creating havoc in body, , mind and spirit, makes this life 
a hell, and casts the person into an eternal hell at life's 
end. Sin ruins home life, national life, even civilization. 
Its god ,is the devil; its destiny is separation from the 
God of life. When we give way to sin we are really pav- 
ing the w,ay to complete ruin, misery, wretchedness, pain 
and a living death. We have tried to picture sin — but it 
cannot be stated in words. We should be thankful that God 
sent His Son into the world to give us a way of escape 
from sin. 

4. SIN AND YOUNG , PEOPLE. How does sin affect 
young people? What is their responsibility toward avoid- 
ing it? What IS sin and what ISN'T sin today? These are 
vital questions and should be answered. Many people be- 
lieve that sin is old-fashioned. It is, but it is also up-to- 
date. Do not let any one tell you sin is; less powerful to- 
day than it] has ever been. Sad it is, that when we are 
young, it seeks to sets its hooks deep in our flesh, our 
mind and our soul. Many young people today are deep 
in passionate sin — lying, stealing, profanity, immorality: 
all have their passionate demands. We hear much today 
about| :the drug habit as related to young people — that 
they cannot let it alone once they start. The sin-habit is 
even more strong. We must, in facing our responsibility 
to avoid sin, never underestimate the, power of Satan to 
get hold of us. Clean, pure lives can be changed into vile, 
wretched wrecks. Sinful things form a habit and a de- 
sire which few can, or are even willing to break. Many 
things which some people would not consider sin, are 
actually sin. We cannot list them completely, but here 
is the way you may decide whether amusements and 
other activities are sin or not: "Anything we do, any place 
we go, anything we think or say, which in part or en- 
tirely destroys that holy fellowship with God, praying, 
reading His Word, attendance and activity in church 
work, is sin." A broad and inclusive statement. But we 
add that before we can trust ourselves to be governed by 
this precept, we must first of all be in fellowship with 
Him. As we grow spiritually, as we love God more and 
more, we will find that some things we "used to do" have 
no more interest for us, nor would we want to destroy 
our fellowship with God by doing them. 

5. VICTORY OVER SIN. Just one thing is necessary 
to conquer any sinful habit in our lives. No amount of 
Bible reading, praying, attending church, etc., is going to 
overcome sinful habits. We know people who can be very 
pious in church, make the nicest prayers, and yet who 
are guilty of uncontrolled sin. They fail tp do the one 
thing necessary. Beyond a trust in Christ as our Saviour, 
we must have a ( personal desire to overcome sin in our 
lives. Then victory, in Christ, shall come. 

FEBRUARY 2, 1952 


Vrayer Wleeting 

IBy G. T. §ilmet 


Doubt has no remedy for sin, 

No refuge from despair, 
No promise of peace within, 

And no relief from care. 

Doubt never calmed an anxious fear 

Amid the world's distress; 
It never dried a mourner's tear 

Nor soothed a troubled breast. 

Doubt never made a weakling strong, 

Nor raised him when he fell; 
It never triumphed over wrong, 

Nor saved a soul from Hell. 

Doubt at the best is shiMng sand, 

By faith's sure foot untrod. 
No house that's built thereon can stand 

Against the winds of God. 

Faith builds upon the solid rock 

Of God's unfailing Word, 
And holds the key that will unlock 

The treasures of the Lord. 

—Rev. F. W. Pitt. 

tian doctrines is not enough. There has to be a sav- 
ing faith that experiences the power of God unto salva- 
tion (2 Cor. 13:5). Salvation is too important to take for 
granted (2 Peter 1:10). God's Word states that the evi- 
dences of salvation are a change in heart, life, mind and 
nature (2 Cor. 5:17), a lov» for God's people and Chris- 
tian fellowship (1 John 3:14), a spiritual appetite (1 
Peter 2:2), and a spiritual vs. carnal conflict (Gal. 5:17), 
which is the evidence that God has begun a new work. 
Such are to cultivate the life of the Spirit and guard 
againet the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16; Rom. 6:4). 

Temptations come to all. God permitted Jesus to be 
tempted to prove to this world that there was no sin in 
Him. His overcoming perfected Him as the Captain of 
our salvation (Heb. 5:7-9). Deliverance and victory over 
temptations spell growth in Christian experience (Rom. 
5:1-5). The trial of faith "worketh patience" (James 1: 
2-4). Satan seeks to get the Christian to doubt the Word 
of God because it does not correspond to the wisdom of 
this world (1 Cor. 1:21). A little doubt will spoil faith 
(Heb, 11:6) and kill the fruits of faith (Rom. 15:13.) The 
temptation to doubt God's Word was the devil's first ap- 
proach to Adam and Eve. (Gen. 12-17). This is also Satan's 
first approach to our Savior in the wilderness (Matt. 3:17). 
But Jesus took His stand wholly upon God's written Word 
(Matt. 4:1-11). From a boy, Jesus was a student of God's 

Word (Luke 2:46, 87). The hiding of God'f Word in the 
heart eliminates the guilty sin of unbelief (Tsalrn 119: 
11'). Knowing how to use God's Word as the sword of the 
Spirit gives successful defense and offense against Satan- 
ic power (Eph. 0:17}. 

"God expects us to believe His Word without doubting" 
(Num. 23:19; Janus 1:6-8). "Faith is confident relia 
upon the sure promise of God" (Rom. 10:8). Abrahi 
withstood doubt (Rom. 4:20). Beware of an "evil heart 
of unbelief" (Heb. 3:12). Paul believed, and therefore, 
testified (2 Cor. 4:13). " . . . Whatsoever is not of faith 
is sin" (Rom. 14:23.) 


Gomments on the Lesson hf the Cclitov 

Lesson for February 10, 1952 


Lesson: Luke 18:18-23; 19:1-10 

TN THIS LESSON we meet two entirely different types 

of individuals — a rich man who is shown to love his 
riches so much that they keep him away from eternal 
life, and a rich man who was willing to give up his riches 
to be able to inherit eternal life. One seeks Jesus; the 
other is sought by Jesus. One seems to be young with a 
prospect of a good life before him; the other is an older, 
more mature man who, having known the pleasure of 
"easy living" is willing to sacrifice it to gain a life be- 
yond this world. 

Let us look at each of these and seek to draw our con- 

First, the young man who is familiarly known to us as 
simply "the rich young ruler." There may be no real sig- 
nificance to be found in the fact that he is "unnamed," 
but it might symbolize the thought that his name was 
not to be found inscribed in the "Lamb's Book of Life." 
Here is an example of one who had kept the command- 
ments in "letter" but not in "spirit." He had been reared 
in what we would call "the lap of luxury." He had evi- 
dently been well taught in the principles of the law. He 
knew what the "commandments" were and claimed to 
have kept them. But he had neglected what Jesus later 
called "the weightier matters of the law. judgment, mercy 
and faith ..." (Matthew 23:23\ To "sell what he had 
and give to the poor" was unthinkable, and to "follow" 
Jesus meant that he was also to be one who "had no 
place to lay his head." But he forgot or did not take time 
to learn that "he that hath pity upon the poor lendeth 
unto the Lord: and that which he hath given will he pay 
him again" (Proverbs 19:17), and that "he that giveth 
unto the poor shall not lack" (Proverbs 30:271. So "he 
was very sorrowful" and went away with no hope. 

Now note the other individual. He is named — "Zac- 
chaeus." The words of Jesus at the close of our lesson 



toxt. "This day is salvation come to this house," tells us 
that on that day his name was written in letters of 
gleaming gold in the "Lamb's Book of Life." As he sat 
in that tree, the object of scorn and derision by those 
about him, Jesus stopped beneath him and spoke words 
of hope to his heart — "Zacchaeus, make haste and come 
down, for today I must abide at thy house." On that walk 
to his home his heart also became the abiding place of 
the Master from that day forth. 

Note the diffei-ence in his attitude from the rich man 
of our first story. Zacchaeus delights in the fact that he 
can now "give to the poor"; he willingly makes a greater 
restitution than that to which the law would bind him. 
He feels that it is no sacrifice to exchange the riches of 
this world for the inexhaustible riches of heaven. He is 
a living example of those who would follow the injunc- 
tion of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 6:19-21, where it 
says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, 
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves 
break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treas- 
res in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for 
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." 

What a lesson in attitudes; what thoughts for medita- 
tion. One of these men represents the sorrow brought on 
by refusal to do as He should have done; the other the 
joy of a willing obedience to the desires of a loving Mas- 


On October 7th it was our pleasure to begin a two-week 
evangelistic campaign with our dear Brother W. B. Brant 
and the Brethren at Vinco, Pennsylvania, where we 
greatly enjoyed working with these splendid Brethren 
and their excellent pastor. 

Children's meetings were conducted each afternoon fol- 
lowing the closing of public school by Mrs. McCartney- 
smith, assisted by Mrs. Earl Adams, with an average at- 
tendance of about forty-five. On the last Friday after- 
noon seventeen decisions for Christ were secured from 
these children, most of whom were baptized the following 
Lord's Day. Pastor ami Evangelist called in various homes 
during the campaign and received many decisions in this 
manner, including several young married couples. 

Visiting delegations were present from some congre- 
gation practically every evening. Brother and Sister 
W. S. Benshoff from Meyersdale brought a large delega- 
tion, including their Junior Choir, which presented two 
splendid numbers. Berlin Brethren, including Rev. Brant's 

father, were present on two occasions. Brother and Sis- 
ter Elmer Keck, with the Jones Mills Brethren, attended 
one service. Brother and Sister Paul M. Naff with the 
Brethren at North Vandergrift were present at one ser- 
vice. Delegations from the First, Second and Third 
Churches of Johnstown and from the Conemaugh Church 
were present at various services. The M. E. Church of 
Mineral Springs furnished special music and two delega- 
tions from Churches of the Brethren also brought spec- 
ial numbers, all of which was greatly appreciated- 

Brother and Sister Herman Varner entertained us in 
their home near Vinco, and we were guests in various 
homes for noon and evening meals. It was indeed a great 
joy to be present and share the work with Brother Brant 
and his people in this our "fourth" evangelistic meeting 
with the Vinco Brethren, and we shall not soon forget 
the many courtesies and blessings bestowed upon us in 
these services. Brother Brant certainly is doing a mar- 
velous work here, and we enjoyed working with him in 
these meetings. We closed at Vinco on October 21st, and 
then opened on October 22nd, with the evening service at 

The Highland Brethren Qhwoh, Mwrianna, Pa. 

where again we greatly enjoyed our "third" evangelistic 
meeting with these fine Brethren. Our home here was 
arranged for by the congregation and we lived eleven 
miles from the church in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Olsen 
at Scenery Hill, driving to and from services daily. No 
calling was done here on account of the pastor living at 
Uniontown, Penna., some thirty miles away, but we 
were visiting in various homes for noon and evening 
meals each day, which gave us a splendid fellowship while 

Services were well attended and excellent music, both 
vocal and instrumental, was offered at each service. An 
outstanding feature of the meetings here was the work 
of the Phillips family, consisting of father, mother and 
twelve children — six boys and six girls — all of whom are 
now grown. From seven to nine of this family were in 
the choir at each service, and in addition, presented 
either vocal or instrumental numbers. Each member of 
this family, excepting one, plays some kind of musical 
instrument, which is indeed most unusual. Another un- 
usual musical group was Brother Jonathan Moore, Mrs. 
Moore and their daughter, Mildred, an Ashland College 
graduate now teaching in southeastern Ohio. Mildred 
was home each week-end, and she and her parents sang 
for us each time while they were at Highland. 

Much has been accomplished at Highland since we were 
there some eleven years ago. A new basement has been 
excavated and a new furnace installed; new floors and 
carpet laid; new paint both interior and exterior; new 
oak pews of most modern design, and many other addi- 
tions have been made by these industrious Brethren. The 
Pastor, Brother Ralph Mills, concluded these services 
with Communion, preceded on Saturday night by the bap- 
tism of eight young people, one of whom recently came 
from Germany to Highland as the bride of one of the 
Phillips boys. We shall long remember the great spiritual 
blessings we had together with these fine people, and long 
to see them again. On from here to 

Teecparden, Indiana, Brethren 
November 11th marked the opening of another two- 

FEBRUARY 2, 1962 



week evangelistic meeting with the Teegarden Brethren, 
with our dear Brother Arthur Tinkel, Jr., as pastor. (This 
is another "fourth" meeting we have conducted at Tee- 
garden, the preceding three being with the late Rev. Ben 
Flora.) It has been sixteen years since we were last at 
Teegarden, and many of the young married couples now 
bringing their families to church and Sunday School were 
received into the church by the evangelist in the three 
preceding meetings mentioned. 

Our home was with Mr. and Mrs. Jay Holland while 
here and we greatly appreciated the courtesy of this fine 
home and the spiritual fellowship we had there. A splendid 
happy fellowship was renewed among old acquaintances 
in visiting and eating noon meals in various homes where 
we had been in years gone by. It brought much joy to see 
men and women occupying positions of leadership in 
church and Sunday School, most of whom were converted 
and baptized in previous meetings we conducted here in 
days gone by. 

The only visible results here were two young people 
received by first time confessions, and one fine young 
father by baptism from another church. Perhaps the high- 
light of these two weeks was in the last service on Sun- 
day morning, November 25th. After the sermon, a recon- 
secration service was conducted with about fifty people 
coming to the altar and reconsecrating themselves to a 
fuller service to the Lord. 

These services were well attended, with delegations 
from County Line Brethren; North Liberty Brethren, 
with their splendid pastor, Rev. Edgar Berkshire and his 
good wife. (His parents from Masontown, Penna., were 
with us in one service.) Rev. and Mrs. Berkshire sang 
for us; also the Men's Quartet from his church presented 
two numbers. The Pine Creek Church of the Brethren 
and the Center Point Church of the Brethren had delega- 
tions and special music on separate occasions. A well 
filled house at each service, with excellent attention, was 
an outstanding feature of all services. We closed here at 
noon on November 25th and drove eighty-five miles that 
afternoon to be with the Brethren at 

Huntington, Indiana, 

where our good brother, C. Y. Gilmer is doing a most 
wonderful work, opening there at 7:30 Sunday evening 
with an excellent congregation. 

Brother Gilmer had a nice list made up for calls to be 
made. We started out at 10:00 A. M. and by 7:45 P. M. 
had received eight first-time confessions. The evangelist 
kept no record of the numbers, but it is his understanding 
that there were at least twelve young couples received 
for church membership. In a letter just received from 
Brother Gilmer he states that he had baptized twenty- 
eight, and that he believed the others would be baptized 
within a short time .All converts excepting four were 
won in their homes. A family of three was received from 
another congregation. 

The Lord alone knows whose names are "written in 
heaven" as a result of this and other meetings. While 
men count hands, He counts hearts; nevertheless we are 
so happy that we had the privilege of assisting the Breth- 
ren and their most excellent pastor in acomplishing the 
Lord's will in Huntington, and our earnest prayer for 
each one who was made to know Christ and assisted to 

reach a higher place in Christ Jesus through these meet- 
ings, that they may continue growing in gra/.e and in the 
knowledge of our dear Lord and .Saviour JestU Christ, and 
that when He calls we shall be caught up "together" to 
meet Him in the air. 

The McCartneysmiths, Evangelists 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Sherwood, Michigan 

On October 3, 1948 the work here was started in the 
hope of reaching enough people, churched or unchurched, 
to establish a Sunday School and church in this unchurched 
community. So far not enough seed has fallen on good 
soil to satisfy our hope. Therefore at present we must 
continue as a mission, as the report will later show. 

During the year the average attendance for Sunday 
School was 19, the highest for the year was 31. The church 
average was 15. the highest was 54. The largest Sunday 
School offering was $8.45, and the largest church offer- 
ing was ,$63.60. 

Five who had attended here moved away; one died; two 
are bedfast; one has been called to the colors, and one 
more will report to the armed services at the close of 
school. At present four (members) are vacationing in the 
South. Several new children are attending Sunday School 
and we expect several more soon. Three from here at- 
tended Camp Shipshewana, Indiana. 

On Sunday, July 9th, Dr. and Mrs. R. F. Porte of the 
Ardmore, Indiana, Brethren Church, the former being the 
president of the Indiana District Mission .Board, visited 
the mission. The words of encouragement and the good 
preaching will wear for a long time. 

The Brethren Youth Crusader Team visited here and 
presented a very good program August 7, 1951. 

Sunday, August 26th will go down as a mountain-top 
experience. The Brighton, Indiana. Church came here 
"enmasse," ,as their pastor Walter Lichtenberger, was at 
the General Conference at Ashland. Ohio. Along with the 
visiting group was also Dr. I. D. Bowman. As in the days 
of old, the presiding officer conferred the honor of 
preaching on the eldest visiting Elder, who graciously 
accepted the invitation to preach. He preached on the sub- 
ject of "Prayer," and he told us it would be his final 
message to the mission. Though years (he is eighty-nine 
years old now") have dimmed his eyes and touched his 
voice, he brought the message in fullness, eloquence and 
with power. True to his style as we have always known 
him, he quoted entire passages from the Word. 

On October 7th we had the joy of having Rev. and Mrs. 
William E. Ovei'holtser of the Dutchtown. Indiana. Church 
with us for our third anniversary service. Brother Walter 
Lichtenberger, secretary of the District Mission Board, 
together with his wife, was also with us for the fellow- 
ship dinner and afternoon service. The good preaching 
and the kind words proved helpfiil. 

In closing I only add these few lines. Never have I 
seen so small a group cast such a long shadow, or so 
small a light illuminate so large an area. Truly "... a 
little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." 

Fred Pippen. 










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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks reports that the 
Washington Laymen again were in charge of the services 
at the Central Union Mission on a recent Thursday eve- 

He says that the Washington Church choir is doing 
very fine work under the direction of Mrs. Wm. S. Porte. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. Brother James Spedden sends 
us the following "interesting items" from the Hagers- 
town Church, as gleaned from a letter sent out to the 
congregation by the pastor, Brother Ault: 

The Ambassador Quartet from Ashland was present on 
Sunday evening, January 27th, for their program of music 
and dramatics. Preceding this service, at 5:00 o'clock a 
Youth .Banquet was served in the social rooms. 

Miss Veda Liskey is scheduled as speaker on Sunday 
morning, February 10th. 

Brother Ault has arranged a series of special Sunday 
evening services which will begin on March 2nd and con- 
tinue until after Easter. 

Evangelistic services under the leadership of Rev. and 
Mrs. Harry Richer of Peru, Indiana, will be conducted 
from April 2nd to 13th. 

It is noted that the annex rooms of the church have 
been enlarged, adding space for the Cradle Roll and 

Oak Hill, W. Va. We learn that Brother Arthur Tinkel, 
Oak Hill pastor, has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of 
the Oak Hill-Scarbro Ministerial Association. 

Brother Tinkel is doing a fine job of getting subscrip- 

tions for the Evangelist from the membership of the Oal 
Hill Church. 

Uniontown, Penna. Brother Ralph Mills says that th 
response to their Teacher Training program is pro 
gressing in a very satisfactory manner— 25 being pies 
ent at a recent meeting. 

Highland, Penna. A card tells us that Miss Liskey's ap 
pearance at the Highland Church was much enjoyed. Th< 
Willing Workers Class and the Always Faithful Clasi 
recently joined in honoring Mrs. Mills, the pastor's wife 
at a party. 

The Highland C. E. was reported as sending elevei 
representatives to the Tri-State C. E'. Rally at Eas1 
Livei-pool, Ohio, on February 1st. The C. E. recently se- 
cured a very fine bulletin board. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Keck 
again used the "Picture Method" of showing the slides 
of the Brethren's Home which he took recently, when 
the Benevolent offering was received in the Valley Church. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Brother Benshoff reports that it hste 
now been one year since they began their evening "Youth 
Hour" following the night service on Sunday. A special 
service was conducted on Sunday evening, January 20th, 
to which the adults were invited as special guests. The 
adults have been of help to this Youth Hour movement 
by providing refreshments and the giving of money ijp 
provide films. 

Already the Youth Chorus of the church is meeting anti 
making plans for their Easter activities. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Brother Alvin Grumbling says that 
according to reports given at their recent business meet- 
ing, the Pittsburgh church "is progressing at ,a good 

Four names appear on the "Tithing Sheet" which hagi 
been placed on the bulletin board for signatures. Tithing, 
of course, is the Lord's way of paying and is the best 
and easiest way of supporting the church. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John T. Byler preached his 
closing sermon to the Louisville congregation on Sunday, 
January 27th and he and his family were scheduled to 
to move to New Lebanon, Ohio, the scene of his new pas- 
torate, on Monday, January 28th„ and to take up that 
work officially on the first Sunday in February. The 
household goods were to be taken to New Lebanon on 
Friday, January 25th. 

We understand that Brother Edwin Boardman of the 
Ashland Seminary Faculty will serve as interim pastor 
of the Louisville Church until such time as they can ob- 
tain a new resident pastor. He will serve them out of 
Ashland as he did the Canton Trinity Brethren Church 
before the arrival of their resident pastor. 

Brother Byler reports the baptism and reception of 
nine new members into the fellowship of the church, to- 
gether with three more by letter, on Sunday, January 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. We note that a Brethren 
Crusaders organization was effected and will be meeting 
each Sunday evening at 6:30, the first meeting being held 
on Sunday, January 27th. Out of the group the evening 

(Continued on page 10) 

FEBRUARY 9, 1952 


Retired?? Yes!! But Why: 


3 going out to the Brotherhood in the interest of the 
Sentvolence part of the work of the church, it might 
te well for us to think for a moment just why a min- 
ster retires. Is it because he gets tired of his job and 
vants to just "Sit down," ,as one good brother I used to 
;now would say, "on the sunny banks of deliverance and 
ake time to enjoy himself!" Or is it because he feels 
hat he can no longer take all the "bumps" that come 
rom the conducting of the work of a pastorate! Or does 
le become more interested in other things than in the 
nost important work of the church! Or is he just nat- 
irally being told that he is too old to be of value any 
tny more in the preaching of the gospel! Or is it be- 
ause he no longer has the physical strength to endure 
he rigors of the ministry in action! I believe that the 
>nly true reason for retirement is to be found in the 
ast stated reason — failure of physical endurance. 

The first reason above is just pure laziness; the sec- 
>nd is self-pity; the third is selfish ambition; the fourth 
s an unfortunate circumstance too often induced by a 
'ailure of men to recognize values; the fifth is the only 
egitimate reason for retiremenet. The blame for the first 
hree must lie heavily on the minister himself; the fourth 
:an be attributed to his congregation; the fifth can be 
aid to one of two things — overwork, or a misjudging of 
mysical capabilities, or just a worn-out machine. 

It is a well recognized fact that man cannot "keep 
m forever at his task, regardless of how essential or 
vorthwhile it is." Advanced years bring about a lessen- 
ng of energy and take their toll of ambition. Just where 
;hese "brakes" must be put on activity; just how old 
me must be before he should retire from active service, 
nust remain a matter of individual conclusion. To some 
t comes much later than to others, but in the end there 
nust come the parenthetical "retired" following the name. 

T. A. Stafford of Chicago, offered the following trib- 
lte to the preacher which he titled, "The Retired Min- 

This standard bearer of the Lord 

Deserves our constant love and praise, 

Who preached with joy the precious Word, 
And faces now declining years. 

For many years his strength was given 

In doing good by humble stealth ; 
Bringing to earth a bit of heaven, 

Opening the treasury of its wealth. 

Christ, as the Way, the Truth, the Life, 

He oft declared with fervent voice. 
He went through strain, and toil, and strife, 

Led by the Master of his choice. 

He taught the chidren Christian truth, 
And showed them Jesus' winsome ways, 

He trained the eager voice of youth 
To sing a loving Saviour's praise. 

His hand, baptizing us, was laid 

Full gently as he spoke our name ; 
And as the marriage pledge was said, 

He sought for Christ our lives to claim. 

In every crisis, soon he came, 

And stood, in strength, right by our side 

To say, "Good cheer!" in Jesus' name, 
And ask the Lord our feet to guide. 

Yes, when life's vale was dark — o'ercast 
With clouds that made us sore afraid — 

He cheered us till the storm was past: 
We felt God nearer, while he prayed. 

He laid our loved ones in the grave, 

With many a helpful, tender word. 
He taught that endless life we have 

Thiough Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. 

Many the trophies he has won, 

The precious sheaves he's gathered in, 

The joys he's made beneath God's sun. 
The souls redeemed from lives of sin! 

And now, he with his helpmeet waits — 
She who, like him, gave Christ her all. 

They know that inside heaven's gates 
No threat of want shall on them fall. 

Church of God, rise up in love. 

Go cast thy helping arms around 
These servants of the Lord, and move 

That they shall not in want be found! 

For thine own honor, them reward 

With means to meet their modest need. 

Then will their cup of joy be full. 

And God shall bless the worthy deed. 
How well it is put! How much the writer of the poem 
sees in the debt we all owe to those who have voluntar- 
ily laid their lives on the altar of the Living God, : 
spend their days in His service, ministering unto you 
in His stead, teaching you His ways: giving unstinted- 
ly of time, talent and material values that you might 
have the full riches of a gracious Saviour made avail- 
able to you: maybe even taking your place by answer- 
ing the call that should have been answered by you! 
For such we ask your material gifts during this month 
of February. Are we asking too much? 



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} our Brethren s hiome and "Benevolent Board \ 

find Its l&elation to the Offerings in Tlie Brethren Ghurch 

Fred C. Vanator!, President Benevolent Board 

THIS WOULD SEEM a rather long caption for an 
article upon a matter which has so often been brought 
to the attention of the Brotherhood. But it is the rela- 
tion of the work of this very important "Interest" of the 
Brethren Church to the denomination-at-large that causes 
us to come to you each year during the month of Feb- 
ruary in behalf of this "Dual-Phase Offering" for the 
support of the work of the Board which has been elected 
by the delegates to General Conference, and which Board 
is is a creature of the General Conference. 

Once again may we remind you that the calling of 
this Benevolent Offering a "Dual-Phase Offering" is not 
a misnomer. But far too often we are forgetful of the 
fact that when "Benevolent Offering Day" rolls around 
each year that this is one of the "Interests" of the 
Church that comes to you, IN A SINGLE OFFERING, 
mind you, not for ONE "double work;" but for TWO 
DIFFERENT AND DISTINCT phases of our work— for 
what we are now calling "The Dual-Phase" offering. 

To be more specific, this Board is responsible for the 
sustaining and operation of, first, The Brethren's Home 
at Flora, Indiana; and second, for the operation of what 
has, for years, been known as "The Superannuated Min- 
isters' Fund." This latter phase includes not only a month- 
ly check to our retired ministers, but also a like check, 
though not as large, to ministers' Widows. 

At present we are able (and have been for the past 
several years) to send a monthly check of $45.00 to each 
of our retired ministers, and also a monthly check of 
$25.00 for each widow, if the required number of years 
of service to the church have been served. The continu- 
ation of this amount each year is contingent upon how 
well our offerings come in and how well they hold up 
in comparison to previous years. We have been proud of 
the Denomination's response to our call in the past sev- 
eral years, and trust that we will have no cause to feel 
differently as the years go on. 

One of the serious matters which confronts the Benev- 
olent Board at the Annual Meeting of the Board which 
is held each year in conjunction with the General Con- 
ference, is the allocation of the funds to the "two phases" 
of the Board's work. One question which is always met 
with a troubled feeling is, "Will we be able to continue 
during the coming year on the same basis we have in 
the past year, on the available funds in our hands?" — 

that is, will we be able to send the check for $45.00 to 
ministers, and the check of $25.00 to the widows. This 
question is uppermost, for we always allot only the funds 
we have on hand, so we may say to the recipient, "You 
will get the check promised each month during the year, 
for the money is in the bank." Sometimes it takes con- 
siderable figuring to arrive at the conclusion that we can, 
and usually we find that we have allocated the very last 
dollar we have to make our funds reach. So far we have 
been able to say to each one receiving from the fund, 
"This year you will receive the same amount as last year," 
and have kept the promise. 

But at the present time a new problem has arisen,! 
one which will confront your Board at our next Confer- 
ence Board meeting. This problem has arisen by the ac- 
tion of the last General Conference which established 
a "Pension and Annuity Plan" for ministers. This plan is' 
a fine one, and let me hasten to say that the Benevolent 
Board is all for it. BUT it poses a very critical problem 
for this Board which will have to be met and upheld by 
a continued offering support by each and every church 
in the Denomination. This problem comes from the part 
of the accepted plan of the Pension and Annuity Plan- 
ning Committee and is to be found in the second part 
of the plan (See page 8 of the 1951-1952 Brethren An- 
nual Number, containing the minutes of the 1951 Gener- 
al Conference) from which we quote: 

"II. Eligibility to the plan shall be as follows: 

"1. At the beginning of the propasal, all ministers andl 
missionaries under the age of sixty will be eligible to par- 
ticipate. Ministers employed by church groups other than 
congregations may participate if the employing group 
matches their five percent contribution with a like 

"2. After January 1, 1952, all Brethren ministers aged 1 
sixty or under at that date, will be expected to either 
join the plan, or forfeit their claim to retirement pay- 
ments from the Brethren Church, except as provided in 
section 3 below. 

"3. Ministers between the ages of fifty and sixty years,.) 
inclusive, as of January 1, 1952, will receive in addition' 
to the annuity benefits, an amount from the Benevolent 
Board of the Brethren Church sufficient to bring their 
monthly retirement stipend up to the average paid retired 
ministers by the Board between the years of 1945 and 

EBRUARY 9, 1952 


)51 ; and that those ministers who do not elect to enter 
le plan, will forfeit in proportionate amount the money 
cpected from the Benevolent Board." 

Have you followed ufe in your thought? For fear that 
ju have not, we will seek to make it clear. Now Let me 
ly again that we have absolutely nothing against the 
an for retirement pay: it is a fine thing and should 
ive been taken up years ago. But the placing this plan 

action also places a very difficult situation before the 
enevolent .Board. 

Before I go further, let me make one thing very clear: 
ERED BY THIS BOARD— the Brethren's Home Fund, 
id the Retired Ministers' Fund. These two are two sep- 
•ate and distinct phases of the work of the church, not 
ed together by any official bond. Each must exist on 
s own funds. If money should be transferred from one 
ind to the other, in case of emergency, it MUST BE 
AID BACK TO THE FUND. So what comes in for the 
ome belongs to the Home; and what comes in for the 
Inisters' Fund belongs to that fund. The Board only 
akes division of undesignated funds, when it is found 

Now, having this straight, let us proceed. 

Let us begin with the first quoted paragraph above: 
his tells us that any minister above the age of sixty 

not eligible to participate in the Pension and Annuity 
Ian. We have a number of ministers who are above the 
?e of sixty who have not yet applied for their retire- 
ent support from the Beneviolent Board — they will still 
i eligible for this application and as a Board, according 
i the General Conference ruling of past years, we are 
>und to honor their application. 

The second paragraph says that if a minister under 
xty does not enroll in the plan he thus forfeits his claim 
> retirement payments from the Brethren Church, ex- 
;pt . . . 

And this leads us to the third paragraph which brings 
le burden on the Benevolent Board, for it says that min- 
ters between the ages of fifty and sixty, who being en- 
riled, will of course not receive as large a pension and 
nnuity as the younger men, (because of insurance rul- 
igs) are to be recipients of sufficient money to bring 
leir pension and annuity up to the amounts which have 
sen paid by the Benevolent Board to retired ministers 
etween the years of 1945 and 1951, and (if we inter- 
ret the last clause of this paragraph rightly) those 
nnisters who elect not to enroll in the new plan will be 
ligible to such "proportionate amount" as falls between 
le sum of pension retirement and the amount which the 
lenevolent .Board has paid between the years of 1945 
nd 1951. A new payment placed upon the Benevolent 

What does all this mean to the Church and the Benev- 
lent Board? Simply this — that the denomination must 
ontinue to support the Benevolent Board in its obliga- 
ion to men hetween the ages of fifty and sixty, and also 
hose who are now over sixty who will have no eligibility 
i the new plan. This we must do to be honorable in our 
ommitments. So, since the plan is now ready for opera- 
tion, and applications are to be made very soon, it be- 

hooves each church to "dig" a little deeper in it:-: offer* 
ingB for the support of the present. Benevolent Hoard 
work of sending these checks to tin- retired miniH'.' 
to build up sufficient, funds to meet. the corning retire- 
ment deficit in the pension and annuity of those b 
the ages of fifty and sixty. 

We are not writing this simply to fill up space. It m 
a vital and important problem WHICH MUST HE MET. 
We are ethically and morally bound to the situation. 

Now let us go one step further. You will notice that 
in the new plan ministers' widows are not in the picture. 
We still have that very important and vital matter to 
meet. The ministers' widows will still be as needy as 
ever and must be taken care of as we have been doing 
for the past years. 

This poses another problem for your Board. How are 
we to handle this and what will be the result if failure 
to do so comes? Of course the ultimate answer to this 
question lies in the hands of the membership of the en- 
tire Brethren Denomination. 

Now The Brethren's Home. Well, this is another en- 
tirely different affair and the other part of the "Dual- 
Offering" matter. There was a time when we would have 
needed to put a great deal more pressure on thi6 "phase" 
than we need do today. Some years ago we were not in 
very good repute, financially speaking, with the mer- 
chants of Flora. The reason was that we were about 
$'3,000.00 in the "red" with very little cash to meet the 
deficit. Through the kindness of the National Woman's 
Missionary Society we were able to borrow the sum of 
$3,000.00 from their treasury and with that we were able 
to clear up our debts and once more be in the "good 
graces" of the merchants of Flora, which position we have 
been able to maintain ever since. 

Then came the upsurge of giving to the support of the 
Brethren's Home through the Benevolent Offerings and 
in a surprisingly short time we were able to pay back 
that loan and show a creditable balance in our own treas- 
ury. By the good fortune of a continued interest through- 
out the Brotherhood, coupled with some very fine life res- 
ident members' payments and the receiving of some be- 
quests from wills which to that time were unknown to us. 
we have been able to accumulate a very satisfactory, 
what might well be called a "back-log" of funds, and 
still, after necessary increased spending, keep strictly 
in the "black." Let us go back to those two words I used 
just above — "good fortune" — probably rather misused. I 
firmly believe that much prayer had a great deal to do 
with it, and that God, seeing the need, sent the answer 
in ways which are past our finite minds. 

Now to go back where we left off about our •"back-log" 
of funds. It must be remembered that, if you look at the 
surplus on hand, and feel that we can easily get along 
without your continued support, a great deal of this money 
cannot be used because it is not really available for use 
until the death of the "resident member of the Home" 
who gave it. being kept on hand as a guarantee that this 
Life Member will receive the proper cave lor the re- 
mainder of his or her life. There are also some other 
funds not yet available, the interest on which only ... 
be used at this time. 



It would be rather trite to remind you that it is cost- 
ing us very much more to support the Home than it did 
a number of years ago. Roughly speaking we can say that 
it costs about four time* as much today as it did fifteen 
years ago. But we now have the Home FULL, and there 
are those who are now making application for admittance 
when there is an opening. The Home being full is what 
the church has been urging for many years. 

This leads us to the matter of building the two-apart- 
ment cottages which have been in the minds and plans 
of the Benevolent .Board for the past several years. At 
our last Annual Board Meeting on August 1951, the "go- 
ahead" signal was given for the erection of the first of 
these two-apartment "cottages." Work was started last 
fall with the hope that the building could be enclosed be- 
fore bad weather set in. The foundation was poured, 
water pipes laid, conduit put in, toilet facilities arranged 
for by the placing of a large septic tank. Then "old man 
winter" struck with a vengeance, making the laying of 
the brick an impossible task. But the work will go rap- 
idly to completion as soon as the weather permits. 

This is just the first unit to be built. Already plans 
are afoot to begin another one as soon as this one is com- 
pleted. Brother and Sister George Snell of West Alexan- 
dria, gave the funds that brought about the impulse for 
this first unit and they will occupy one of the apartments 
when it is finished. 

Now, while this phase of our work is not suffering 
at the present time, we dare not lay back with a smile 
of complacency and say, "Well that's done now, and we 
can lie back and rest on our accomplishments for a while." 
Oh, no! It just can't be done! We must continue to make 
this one of the important offerings of the Brotherhood. 
So when thait little envelope that looks this way 

Benevolent Offering 

Brethren's Home 
Retired Ministers 

Brethren's Home $ 

Superannuated Ministers $ 

General Fund $ 


comes to your hand, just remember that it is a "TWO- 
PHASE OFFERING" to which you are giving: Phase One 
— the Retired Ministers' Fund, with its new implications; 
and Phase Two — to the Brethren's Home support. All we 
ask is that we get the proper share and recognition as 
you make your offerings. 

Really this is much more than simply "Benevolence." 
It is the meeting of a moral and ethical obligation that 
has been incurred by the Brethren Church by action of 
funeral Conference and the vote of your delegates to that 




Of The Benevolent Board 

Rev. L> VI, King, Benevolent Board Treasurer 

ON ANY BOARD it appears to be the duty of the 
Treasurer to stress the financial needs of the organ- 
ization. This task has been given to me again this year 
by our Board President. I am happy to respond to the 

May I speak briefly first, about the Brethren's Home 
at Flora, Indiana. For the first time since I have been 
a member of the Board, the Home is full and almost run- 
ning over. The McDaniels have had to double up in pro- 
viding rooms for their children, using their front room 
for a bed room. We have two more entering the Home and 
no doubt they will be there by the time this issue reaches 
you. We also have two others that have made inquiry. 
Of course this is the way it should be. 

Then we all know that living expenses are going up 
and that it takes considerable more to run the Home 
than even a year ago. So the increase of members and 
the upsurge of prices makes it necessary that we have 
more funds to run the Home. That should be seen with- 
out any statement from me. 

We also started the first of our double cottages late 
this fall. The weather has prevented work on same for 
some weeks. Had we had usual weather, it would have 
been completed by this time and occupied. This, of course, 
will make more room. The one side of the cottage will 
be occupied by the Snells of West Alexandria, Ohio. They 
are giving 1 the Board sufficient money to pay for the one 
side they will occupy. To date, there has been no provi- 
sion to pay for the other side. Therefore it will have 
to come from our resources, UNLESS SOMEONE ELSE 
WILL PROVIDE THE FUNDS— and it may be, come to 
occupy it. 

It also appears that early spring will demand the sec- 
ond double cottage. So all this will require drawing from 
our resources. 

Now, as to the Ministerial Aid. We have more on this 
list now than we have ever had, and we are giving just 
as much as we ever gave to each person on our list. 
We have adopted a policy not to spend more each year 
than was appropriated for that amount. On the other 
hand we do not want to refus-e any needy person, nor 
to lower the amount they secure during these times when 
the dollar does not go very far. Therefore we have kept 
up the amount in spite of the fact that the funds have 
not been large enough to care for this need. The only 
reason we have been able to do this is because we have 
been one year ahead in the appropriations. But by going 
in the red each year you can see that it will not be long 
until we will not be a year ahead, but a year behind. 
Some years back we appropriated from the General Fund 
considerable more to the Brethren's Home than to the 
Ministerial Fund. ,But the last few years has found this 
reversed. That means less coming into the Home Fund. 
The Home Fund has been able to care for this extra bur- 

FEBRUARY 9, 1952 


len because of the resources we have gathered through 
;he year by wills, etc. But these may not .always be 
coming in regularly. 

Now we are not crying for an offering way above for- 
mer years, nor that we are in a serious condition. We are 
simply pointing out that we ought to keep even each 
year, as funds for gifts are available, so that during some 
ean years which may come, we will be able to carry 
through. So we are asking each Church to present the 
problem to their members and we believe that they will 
"espond accordingly. We trust that every Church of the 
Brotherhood will send in at least an offering. If all share, 
;he burden will be easily carried along. 

BY THE WAY: Please send all Benevolent Offerings 
;o the below address, and make all checks payable to 
j. V. King, Treasurer Benevolent Board. This is vitally es- 
sential, for checks sent elsewhere have to be returned to 
ne in any event. The address is 1101 Middlebury Street, 
Elkhart, Indiana. 

/ visited the jBretkrens \\ome 

Rev. E. M. Riddle, Secretary Benevolent Board 

f\.t the request of F. C. Vanator, President of the 
Brethren's Home Board, I am giving to the Church an 
iccount of my recent visit to one of our institutions' — 
'The Home" at Flora, Indiana. 

My trip was specifically for business, but before the 
lay was over, I had visited so many people, answering 
juestions, comforting one or two who felt they needed it, 
>raying with the sick, etc., that by leaving time I felt 
'. had filled the role of a pastor again. This fellowship 
'. greatly enjoyed. 

The elderly people were busy for the most part, writ- 
tog letters, listening to the radio, mending — one even 
naking a quilt. Their time of residence in the Home 
■anges from six weeks to twenty-one years. Two of the 
lumber are totally without eyesight. 

A brief pause at the kitchen door gave, every indication 
:hat by noon time the traveler and residents would be 
physically satisfied. A considerable task confronts the 
vomen we realize, when we think of nearly thirty people 
laving to be fed three times each day. Before this is read, 
ve can again say, "The Brethren Home is filled with peo- 

The large Christmas tree and decorations in the spa- 
:ious living room indicated that these people had shared 
n an enjoyable event. A number of folks referred to the 
?ood time at Christmas. Many churches and friends sent 
jifts, remembering the elderly folks, as well as the Su- 
perintendent and his family. I believe they reported that 
eighty-three boxes were under the tree to be opened. 

More room is needed. The Board in session at Confer- 
ence time voted to begin a building program. A building 
with two apartments has already been started. The foun- 
dation has been set, brick has been delivered, but the 
severe winter weather stopped the progress temporarily. 
A second building may be erected early in the summer. 
Hiese buildings will especially accommodate aged couples 

who desire to become n-.siderit.s of the Hoi 

The forty-acre farm provides vegetabU eggs, 

poultry, pork and beef; all of which is appreciated in 

these days when the cost of living is so heavy. 

The Brethren Home is managed by Superintend 

and Mrs. Charles McDaniels, from our Dutchtown Church, 
near Warsaw, Indiana. After a full day at the institution 
one can begin to understand the numerous demands and 

calls for their time and energy. 

The Church is most fortunate to have and maintain 
such an institution which can minister to and serve 
many people over a period of years. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 

The Challenge 

Of Our Brethren s hHome 

Rev. Elmer M. Keck 

TT IS INTERESTING to read about our Brethren's 

Home but it is far better to see it for yourself. Last 
August, the writer, accompanied by his wife, his sister 
Mrs. Estella Sayre of Dallas, Texas, and his sister-in- 
law Mrs. James Keck of Teegarden, Indiana, drove to 
Flora to see the Home. All these Sisters were Brethren 
women and I knew they would enjoy visiting what they 
had read and heard so much about. 

As soon as we drove west of Flora we could see the 
beautiful brick building that is the Home on the right. 
A well-built all-weather drive enables a person to park 
his car either near the front or the kitchen door. We 
arrived at about 11:30 A. M. Brother and Sister Wm. 
Over'holtser welcomed us into the Home. They were Host 
and Hostess as the McDaniel's were away on their va- 
cation. After introductions we were seated in the spacious 
living room. Soon we were invited to dinner, which in- 
vitation we gladly accepted. I was afraid that we might 
be too late to get an invitation. While we waited at the 
table of our host and hostess, the members of the Home 
made their way into the dining room. We had a fine meal 
and I am sure all those with us would enjoy being dinner 
guests again. 

After dinner .Brother Overholtser accompanied us in a 
tour of the Home. The living room is roomy and had a 
variety of comfortable chairs. You could have a large 
choice from which to choose any that might suit your 
fancy. As you enter the front door you see a broad hall 
which leads to the dining room. To your left is the living 
room. Then next is the stairs leading to the rooms above. 
To the right is a well equipped office and the Matron's 
apartment. The dining room had been beautifully redec- 
orated recently by Brother Overholtser. This room has a 
very homelike touch with all the flowered chair backs 
and blooming African violets. 

The kitchen is all modern and a beautiful place in which 
to work. An automatic dishwasher makes the kitchen still 
more interesting. We even peeked into the large 2% x 
7x7 feet deep freeze "Chest-O-Cold." This was well filled 
with good things to eat. 



We saw the furnace and stoker which is a great sav- 
ing of time in taking care of the furnace and of fuel. We 
visited the well equipped laundry room and even saw the 
mangle at work. We were surprised at the size of the 
canned fruit and vegetable cellar. Since it must take con- 
siderable vegetables and fruit for the Home, it would be 
indeed most helpful if several churches or other inter- 
ested groups would help in the supply of these items. 
Lack of workers and time keep those there at the Home 
from doing very much canning, or as much as they might 
like to do. 

We even visited the wood work shop where many desks 
were made for the new Boys' dormitory at Lost Creek, 

We rode in the elevator which is a great help. Any- 
one can operate it. Any member of the Home can get in 
it if it be the first, or second floor or the basement. 

On the second floor we visited various rooms and the 
the living room there. The rooms were in excellent con- 
dition. We spoke to some of the members. All were 
friendly. Everyone was happy and contented. It is a fine 
Home to have for the aged and a worthy place for Breth- 
ren people. Let us remember to give of our gifts for this 
worthy work when the Benevolent offering will be re- 
ceived. Let us rejoice that we have such a well equipped 
Home and let us try and keep it that way. From the 
time that you approach the Home with its well laid drive 
and front veranda, a large and beautiful place on which 
to rest in the ample comfortable furniture, you realize 
that everything has been well planned. 

My sister and sister-in-law were well pleased with the 
Home in every way. The writer and his wife had been 
here before two years ago. We took 23 colored pictures, 
14 inside and 9 outside. We are preparing a script to de- 
scribe each picture (slide). We would be glad to send the 
slides to anyone who would like to see them. 

— Jones Mills, Pa. 

(Brother Keck has also given us a list of the slides 
which he has and as he says above, he will be very glad 
to send them to any church that desires to show them. 
That is a very fine gesture and we are sure that there 
are numerous churches which will want to take advan- 
tage of this offer. ,BUT PLEASE REMEMBER that it 
costs postage to send these slides and return them. So 
do not just write to Brother Keck and say, "We would 
like to use the Brethren's Home Slides," and expect him 
to bear the expense. Also remember that they should be 
insured when sent through the mails. If lost they cannot 
be replaced. — Editor. ) 

Here is a list of the colored slides 

1. Approaching the Home from Flora. 

2. The front of the Home taken from the road after 
you pass the east driveway entrance. 

3. The front of the Home from across the road. (This 
is a beautiful view in color). 

4. The Veranda to the east (The flowers in the porch 
box are so beautiful). 

5. The Veranda to the west. 

6. Large living room (flash picture). 

7. Front hall from doorway (flash) stairway to left, 


dining room in the background. 

Office (flash). 

Kitchen from door to deep freeze (you can see the 

dishwasher and stove and table (flash). 

10. Kitchen from door to dining room (you can see door 
to basement and canned goods on shelves through 
the doorway to deep freeze (flash). 

11. Deep freeze "Chest-O-Cold" with door open (it is 
full of good things to eat (flash). 

12. Back of Brethren Home. 

13. Rev. & Mrs. Wm. Overholtser (the McDaniels were 
away ) . 

14. View of the barn from the garage. 
15 East view of the Home. 

16. Furnace room and stoker (flash,). 

17. Laundry room (flash). 

18. Mangle (flash). 

19. Fruit cellar (flash), this is an unusually good pic- 
ture showing the cans of fruit). 

20. Elevator with door open (flash). 

21. Upstairs living room (flash). 

22. Corner room down the hall, right above the kitchen 

23. Jennie Harrison of Waterloo, la., both blind and 
deaf — 80 years old. An outside picture. She was try- 
ing to rehang a bed spread upon the clothes line to 
suit her. 

24. Mrs. Mary Coin in her bedroom (flash). This shows 
how tidy everything in the room is. 

I took two flash pictures of the dining room and the 
reception room but both pictures are on one slide. I for- 
got to turn the film up. I am sorry for this. 

The Home Superintendent Writes 

(In sending the pictures of the foundation of the dou- 
ble cottage apartment now under construction on the 
grounds of the Brethren's Home at Flora, .Brother Charles 
McDaniel writes the following concerning the progress 
that has been made on the building and also has some- 
thing to say about the need of the Home for continued 
support. — F. C. Vj) 

TN SENDING THE PICTURES of the foundation of the 

new cottage, I found that the atmospheric conditions 
were not the best for the taking of pictures, and with 
better weather we could have done better. However, I 
believe that some of these will give the Evangelist read- 
ers at least an idea of how it has progressed and the 
relation of the cottage to the main Home building. 

So here is a word with regard to the actual work so 
far completed: 

We have all of the underground pipes, septic tank, con- 
duit, etc., in. This includes an auxiliary water supply line 
from our No. 2 pump at the barn, insuring the main 
building of a constant supply of water. The new bulk 
L. P. gas system is installed and provision made for 
space heaters in the new unit. We have hot water piped 
from the main building, as is also the gas and cold water. 

The footings and foundation are completed and we are 
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jf?ei>. W. Glaijton 'Berkshire 

Last year at General Conference, when Reverend E. 
M. Riddle asked to be relieved of his duties as Secretary 
of the Mission Board, Reverend W. Clayton Berkshire 
was elected to take over this work, beginning in Septem- 
ber, 1952. 

■Brother Berkshire, who, the last of October, closed a 
very successful pastorate of ten years at New Lebanon, 
Ohio, has moved to Ashland where he is learning the du- 
ties of the Secretary. He is planning to visit a number 
of our churches to become familiar with their problems 
and prospects; he will also make some contacts with 
other missionary boards and denominational headquar- 
ters, acquainting himself with their methods and plans, 
preparatory to setting up a new mission station in Africa. 

Secretary-elect Berkshire, the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Harry Berkshire of Masontown, Pennsylvania, attended 
Ashland College and Seminary, graduating with the Th.B. 
degree. He married the former Marjorie Puterbaugh, of 

Lanark, Illinois, and is the father of four little Berkshires 
— one son and three daughters. 

During January he held pre-dedication services at the 
new church in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the Cali- 
fornia conference program, he also preached at Lathrop 
and Stockton while he was in that district. 


The Pastor, Reverend N. V. Leatherman, in a letter 
to the Mission Board office this week, reports that they 
have the excavation for the new church completed and 
21,000 brick are ordered, a third of them have been de- 

At present they have the signatures of thirty-six peo- 
ple identifying themselves with the Brethren Church. 

Their Sunday School was completely organized in De- 
cember, and the officers have been properly installed. 
Also church officers have been elected. Their first Sun- 
day School cabinet meeting has been held. They are also 
planning for their first Daily Vacation Bible School. 

It was necessary to make a few changes on the Port- 
able Chapel doors to comply with the Pennsylvania state 

This congregation also has plans made for Holy Week 
services. — E. M. R. 


Our missionary on furlough from Nigeria has been vis- 
iting churches in Pennsylvania and Maryland since Jan- 
uary 22. She is also scheduled for three appointments 
among the Churches of the Brethren. 

Most encouraging are the reports reaching us relating 
to her contacts in our homes and churches. She plans to 
return to Nigeria. Africa, early in the summer. 

This temple (our body) is made holy by the sanctifying 
ministry of the Spirit Himself. It is thus prepared as — 
the home for the Deity. 

When father, mother and children learn the nature 'of 
their relation to each other, a family is born. 




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awaiting suitable weather to proceed with the actual 
brick laying, which should be completed within a month 
from the time we are able to begin. 

I believe I would be safe in saying, that provided we 
have good weather, we should have the building ready 
for occupancy by about the first of May, if not before. 
At least we will work to that end. 

I suppose that most of the Church is aware of the fact 
that we are, at the present time, filled to capacity here 
at the Home. In fact we have admitted ten people within 
the past year. This increase in membership together with 
the building program which we have undertaken, will 
naturally require the expenditure of considerable more 
money, not only now, but throughout the days to come. 
Therefore I urge every member of the Brethren Church 
to support the Benevolent Fund to the very best of each 
one's ability. 

If it were possible for each one of you to live your 
life backward and at the same time have a foretaste of 
the problems and uncertainties of old age, I am sure you 
would more fully understand the importance of the cause 
YOU have undertaken, and are so nobly supporting here. 

Charles W. McDaniel, Superintendent 
Flora Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

choir is being formed. At the 6:30 hour on the 27th, the 
adults also met for a conference on an intensive Personal 
Workers' Campaign, leading up to Easter Sunday. 

The Father and Son Banquet is scheduled for Friday 
evening, February 15th, and the Boys' Brotherhood Pub- 
lic Service will be held on Sunday, February 17th. 

Srnithville, Ohio. We note from the Smithville bulletin 
of January 27th, that the pastor, Brother Robert DeMass, 
was speaker at a Youth Rally at Youngsville, Penna., and 
in his absence Brother A. E. Whitted was the speaker 
at the evening service. 

Brother DeMass says that the mid-week services are 
getting better and better and that the discussions seem 
to be very profitable and enjoyable. 

Ashland, Ohio. Brother H. H. Rowsey, after having used 
the subject, "Prayer" as a January theme for his mes- 
sages, both morning and evening, has now turned to the 
words of a well known song, "It is No Secret What God 
Can Do; What He's done for Others, He can do for You!" 
f'>r the theme of his morning messages during February. 
The closing summary of the messages on "Prayer" was 
given on Sunday evening, January 27th, at which time 
Brother Rowsey read a number of letters from members, 
setting forth their most dramatic answers to prayer. The 
closing thoughts were brought to life by the use of a 
Film Strip summarizing prayer in its various phases and 
influences on the Christian, with the text being brought 
by Jerry Flora, Office Secretary of the National Sunday 

School Association. The Film Strip was from the files of 
the N. S. S. A. 

A service of consecration for children was conducted 
by the pastor on Sunday, January 20th, at which two 
children were presented to the Lord by their parents. 

The Berean Class recently presented the Sunday School 
orchestra, with a steel file for the proper storing of their 

Gratis, Ohio. The Gratis Church experienced a rather 
peculiar incident recently when their basement was 
flooded for some seemingly unknown reason. Thinking 
that their storm sewer drain must be plugged, they spent 
much time and effort in an endeavor to find the source 
of the trouble. Finally it was discovered that in the pro- 
cess of setting a new utility pole the power augur had 
bored right down through their six-inch tile and that the 
setting of the pole had completely closed off the sewer, 
thus causing the flooding. We understand that the pole 
was removed and the church properly reimbursed for the 
damage done by the utility company. 

Rewards for perfect attendance in Sunday School were 
recently made: one for seven years; one for three years; 
three for one year. Four missd but one Sunday in 1951; 
four two Sundays, and four three Sundays. 

Dayton, Ohio-. Brother Whetstone reports the baptism 
of a man and wife and their reception into the church 
as of Wednesday evening, January 23rd. 

The Dayton Church is again using Ten Wednesday 
nights for their evangelistic emphasis, as they did last 
year. It proved very successful last year. 

The Laymen have scheduled their "Ladies night" for 
February 11th. There will be colored pictures from Ger- 
many by one who was there. 

The Father and Son Banquet is scheduled for March 

Elkhart 1 , Indiana. Each Sunday Brother King gives the 
comparative attendance in Sunday School in his weekly 
bulletins. The comparison is made between attendance 
the previous Sunday and its corresponding Sunday a year 
ago and also of that of a w^eek before. It is very inter- 
esting to note that they are now ranging all the way 
from 20 to 50 above last year — a fine increase. 

A Sunday School skating party for both youth and 
adult was recently held at the Elkhart Rink. The hours 
were from 7:00 to 9:30. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother Meyer reports the baptism 
and reception of four on Sunday, January 20th. 

Flora, Indiana. Brother Stewart reports the presenta- 
tion of an American Flag to the church by Mr. and Mrs. 
L. D. Allen, in memory of their son, and Mrs. Beatrice 
Nipple in memory of her husband. These men, Elmer 
Allen and Forrest Nipple made the supreme sacrifice in 
World War II. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Studebaker's bulletin reports 
the baptism of one and speaks of others to be baptized, 
the baptisms having been administered in the Peru Church 
baptistry on Sunday afternoon, January 27th. 

Warsaw, Indiana. We note that Brother Beekley was 
the speaker each morning on the Warsaw Radio Station 
WRSW "Moments of Meditation," the week of January 

FEBRUARY 9, 1952 


Lanark, Illinois. We note that the Lanark Sunday eve- 
ning services on January 27th were dismissed in order 
that the Lanark congregation could attend the revival 
meeting which was held in Milledgevillo by Brother 

MiUedgeville, Illinois. .Brother White says that the icy 
roads made attendance at their revival very difficult, but 
that those who braved the elements received a great 

Waterloo, Iowa. We note that Brother Gentle and his 
family held "Open House" at the parsonage on Sunday, 
February 3, the hours being three to five in the afternoon 
and from seven to nine in the evening, marking the clos- 
ing of two years of service and the beginning of the 
third year. 

Morrill, Kansas. Mrs. George Eisenbise writes that dur- 
ing the week from January 14 to 20, a stove was put 
in the basement of the church, and that a pastoral com- 
mittee meeting was held because of the closing of the 
pastorate of Brother Robert Bischof, who has moved to 
Ashland for further preparation for his missionary ser- 

Morrill was represented three nights at the revival 
services at Falls City, Nebraska. 

Mrs. Eisenbise also wries, "Mr. David Vancil of the 
Church of the Brethren, gave the sermons on the morn- 
ings of January 20th and 27th. He was licensed to preach 
in the Sabatha Church in December, so we had the privi- 
lege of having him preach his first sermon in our church." 
She says that the attendance of the 27th showed a de- 
cided increase over that of the 20th. 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 


In this study we can only insist upon the inescapable 
necessity expressed by the term Regeneration or New 

The basis of this teaching is always the teaching of 
John 3:lff. The words of Jesus are: "Except one be born 
anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." "Except one 
be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the king- 
dom of God." This "except" none can gloss over. "Ye 
must be born anew," Jesus adds. This is the "must" of 
eternal and unalterable necessity. 

Jesus is the Son of God. Men must become sons of 
God. Men must be born again. 

What does this New Birth mean? It means that in the 
life of a man a new and spiritual beginning is made by 
an act of the Holy Spirit. Regeneration is a divine act. 
It is the act of God by which the new life after the like- 
ness of the life if Christ is begun in a man. 

In the epistles that bear his name, John repeatedly 
speaks of the fact that the children of God are "begotten 
of God." See I John 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 18 and I Peter 1:21 
for comparison. In the gospel of John (1:13) we have the 
same teaching. 

Uhe College Chapel Diary 
As Obseroed by The Editor 

Not a great deal additional to report thi:-. week, but 
what we have to say will be welcome I 
brotherhood. The floor covering is laid on the main floor 
of the auditorium. The aisles are of what I would call 
a medium brown cork covering, and the -pace mhj 
neath the pews is a medium mottled green. The 
nine by nine inch blocks and tho floor thus covered forms 
a fine addition to the already fine appearance of the 
auditorium. The Chapel is now practically ready for the 
seating. Contractor Forbes told the editor this morning, 
"It won't be long now." So when we come to you next 
week we are not at all sure just what will be left to tell 
you. Now stop and raise a little prayer of Thanksgiving 
to the Father for His great overseeing and helping hand 
in all of the work of building this chapel. See you next 

What we put into our stomachs may give us strengtn 
or it may just give us an ulcer. Same way with our minds. 

Man is the only animal wdiich can be skinned four 
times a year. 

You can't carve rotten wood. — Chinese. 


* The new Board established by the last General 

* Conference of the Brethren Church to provide for a 

* new contributory retirement income plan for the 

* ministers of the Brethren Church has now completed 

* the arrangements for the operation of the new sys- 

* tern. 

* A booklet has been prepared describing the op- * 

* eration of the plan, and the other details which 

* the participants should have at hand. Application 

* blanks have also been prepared. 

* This material has been placed in the mail ad- * 

* dressed to the pastor of each congregation. If you 

* do not receive it within ten days, you may write to * 

* Secretary, and you will be forwarded another set 

* of data. * 

* All ministers who were sixty years of age or less * 

* as of January 1, 1952 are eligible to participate. * 

* The decision is a joint one reached by both pastor * 

* and congregation. Xo one is compelled to join. Those 

* ministers serving agencies of the church other than * 

* congregations are eligible to participate provided * 

* the board or agency employing them matches their * 

* contribution. * 

* The local office and mailing address of the Board * 

* is 12S Parkwood Drive. Ashland. Ohio. The agent * 

* of record and secretary of the Board is Elton E. * 

* Whitted. * 

* * 




'Devotional 7ofiic& 

TV, S.Sck^^, PxopuUK ScUtan 

Topic for February 17, 1952 


Ephesians 2:8, 9; I John 3:4, 5; Romans 10:9, 10 

such a short space is almost like writing the mes- 
sage of the Bible in a hundred words. The subject is just 
too big; and it is too big to cover all its many points in 
one evening's study. Salvation is the theme of the Bible. 
It is the hearts of Christ's coming. There are many, many 
variations of thought on what salvation really is, and what 
is required to receive it. But the Scriptures are very 
exact in their interpretation of the word, and to them we 

and many others show us that "all have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God." Thus to be rid of sin, and to 
measure up to the glory of God, we must receive salva- 
tion. Ephesians 2:8, 9, tells us that man cannot, by works 
of righteousness, restore himself to the favor of God, 
but that he must accept a divine way of grace. Yet 
many, many people are this day trying to win favor with 
God through the many works which they do in the 
church. Somehow they feel if they give enough, pray 
enough, read their Bible and attend church enough, that 
their good deeds will out-measure their evil deeds, and 
heaven will be theirs. Works definitely are a part of the 
Christian's life, but they are not the saving part. 

parents sinned, God killed an animal and made them a 
covering for their nakedness, or sin. Thus we see God's 
first covering for sin involved the shedding of blood. This, 
in contrast to Adam and Eve's effort to cover their 
nakedness by the use of fig leaves. God, once and for all 
showed the folly of man's own efforts to cover his sins, 
and also set the pattern of sacrifice which eventually 
caused Christ to go to the cross. Abel's sacrifice was ac- 
ceptable to God, as against Cain's, because Abel's was a 
sacrifice involving shedding of blood. Moses, under God, 
established the system of killing the Paschal lamb each 
year and the pouring of its blood on the holy of holies 
as atonement for sin. All scripture, culminating in the 
shedding of Christ's blood upon the cross, points to the 
necessity of a sacrifice of a life for life to bring about 
forgivf;nfss of sin, and to bring salvation to pass. 

TION. The curse of sin is death. Thus to pay the cost of 
sin, there must be death. If no other way, the sinner 
must suffer death himself. God does not limit this to 
physical death, but asserts that this also means spiritual 
death. Rev. 20:14 tells us that "death and hell were cast 
into the lake of fire. This is the second death." Here is 
God's statement on the final result of sin. On this deso- 
late scene shines the eternal light of Christ in His re- 

demptive program. Christ satisfied the requirements of 
sinlessness; of fulfilling the Law of Moses, and thus be- 
came a willing substitute for man's death. He said that 
he had power to lay down His life, and to take it up 
again. Which is exactly what He did do. Men put Christ 
on the cross, but He died of His own free will. Christ 
there became sin for all men. He took to the cross and 
bore in His own body all the sin of all men. Here was God's 
answer to the problem of sin. Sin's curse of death met 
its Master on the cross, and was defeated. Death and 
grave were defeated. Now, if we are carrying the curse 
of sin and death upon us, we shall die forever, even 
though Christ died for us. But if we have come to Him 
and accepted His death as payment for our debt of sin, 
we are free. His salvation works or all who believe in 
His work of grace. 

4. THE NEW BIRTH. Any discussion of salvation would 
be incomplete without mention of the new birth. Jesus 
told Nicodemus in the third chapter of John, "ye must* 
be born again." He means spiritually. When we reach 
the age of understanding, and know to do evil or good, 
we are dead in trespasses and sin. Please note that Adam 
and Eve were innocent until they ate of the tree of 
knowledge of good and evil; after that, they were held 
accountable for their sin. Cannot we say the same for 
our boys and girls until they reach the age of under- 
standing of good and evil. After that age, we are told 
in the scriptures, "we are dead in trespasses and sins." 
But, when we come to Christ, and look upon Him in 
faith believing, for what He is, and for what He has 
done for us, we are born from death into life. We become 
new creatures in Christ. Spiritual death is changed to 
spiritual life in Christ. 

5. SALVATION'S PROCESS. It is to be noted, that all 
change spiritually must be in the heart. All the outward 
expressions and professions, pledges, acts, promises, mean 
nothing unless there is also a change in the heart. First 
there is repentance, without which nothing else will help. 
We must see our sinful condition, be sorry for it enough 
to want to change. It involves throwing ourselves on the 
mercy of God, to be forgiven through Jesus Christ. The 
penitent soul must first of all fall down before God seek- 
ing His forgiveness. We must be truly sorry for our sin. 
No free passes or favors for anyone. Salvation is by one 
channel only — Repentance. Then must come the acts of 
obedience. We are told to confess Christ before men, for 
if we confess Him before Men, He will confess us before 
God, and reconciliation will be brought about. If re- 
pentance is genuine, confession before men will be easy. 
You won't be able to keep it down. Next in the acts of 
obedience comes baptism which is a testimony, as we are 
buried in the waters, that we, inside, have buried our- 
selves in Christ, down into the depths of the fountain of 
Calvary's blood, to rise in the newness of the new life 
in Christ. Confirmation and the laying on of hands sig- 
nifies in an act of obedience the receiving of the Holy 
Spirit (Acts 5:32). 

6. A NEW LIFE. Salvation's testimony is a changed 
life. Paul knew he had to keep his body in subjection, lest 
he himself become a castaway. That is, lest he lose his 
salvation. Many scriptures should be given to sustain his 

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FEBRUARY 9, 1952 


Prayer fneeting 


"Let right prevail, O God," we cry — 

How dare we pray it! 
"Now it will all come right," we sigh — 

How dare we pray it! 
And straightway rising from our knees 
We turn to pleasures as we please, 
God's will being less to us than these — 

Who can gainsay it! 

Complacent, smug, and confident — 

How can we be it! 
Inert we sit with poor intent — 

Why can't we see it! 
"God's will be done" is OURS to do. 
Right is upheld by lives lived true: 
May right prevail in me — in you, 

Pray God, so be it! 

— Author Unknown. 


THOSE WHO TRAVEL the road to awakening ask the 
above question of the Lord (Acts 9:6). If all Chris- 
tians would answer this question as did Paul this world 
would soon be evangelized (Acts 26:19). If all Christians 
would take the great commission in earnest (Matt. 28: 
18-20; Acts 1:8) the non-essentials of churchianity would 
soon disappear. A yielded church would be subject to the 
lordship of Jesus through the standard of His Word and 
the leadership of His Spirit (Rom. 8:9, 14). The ques- 
tion of proper conduct becoming a Christian ceases when 
a believer is in the will of the Lord (Coli. 3:17). The un- 
settled question of the lordship of Christ makes all wor- 
ship a mere pretense (Luke 6:46). To be improperly re- 
lated to the One to Whom we pray is an ineffective pro- 
fession (Matt. 7:21). Many will protest "in that day" that 
they were "saved," but working "iniquity," they are dis- 
obedient and building upon the sand (Matt. 7:22, 23, 26, 
27). It is not enough to call Jesus "Lord" — we must make 
Him "Lord!" 

Not to put God first in our lives shows lack of faith 
(Rom. 14:2-3). To act without faith is to divorce our 
dependence upon God (Matt. 6:33). "Un-faith" displeases 
God (Heb. ll:6)because it denotes unwillingness to do 
His will. That the believer might constantly live in de- 
pendence upon the will of God he is askad to walk by 
faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Every word and 
deed is to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col. 
3:17). This cannot be done without dependence upon Christ 
(John 15:5), To hear and not to do is to deceive ourselves 
(James 1:22). To do without dependence upon Christ is 
a deception that will be revealed in the judgment of mo- 
tives (1 Cor. 3:12). If we glorify self, we cannot glorify 

Christ. Self works are dead work.-: becan < they are of 
self and are not moved by the Spirit. (Heb. 6:1; '.r.\4'. 
The .sacrifice of Cain i« an example of self works. 

The believer can know whether he is in the will of 
God (John 7:17). To accept the Lord for what He claims 
to be is to be granted direction (Prov. 3:6; 4:12). Only 
the yielded life can have God's direction (Rom. 12:1, 2). 
Consistence of living is promised direction (Psalm 37:23). 
The meek shall have direction (Psalm 25:9). God CS 
for His own (Psa. 32:8'. He will never leave His own 
(Heb. 13:5). 

We are to co-operate with God and work in the direc- 
tion of our prayers (Eccl. 9:10). With His help we can 
do what we alone cannot do (Phil. 4:13). "She hath done 
what she couldn't," was the epitaph of a New England 
country woman of great faith. 

• IW./ //S- 

Qowments on the Lesson bu the Editor 

Lesson for February 17, 1952 


Lesson: Luke 10:38-42; John 11:1-5, 24-27 

DO YOU REMEMBER that motto which used to hang 
in so many of our homes, a motto that ran some- 
thing like this, "In this home Jesus is a welcome guest; 
a partner in all business; a silent Listener to all conver- 
sation ..." If the reality of that motto, as well as its 
presence upon the wall, was to be found in the hearts and 
lives of the members of that home, then the home was 
being "used for Christ." For the very presence of Christ 
in the home is sufficient evidence of the desires of those 
present to "make room for Him" to do His 'will in their 
hearts and lives. 

How often when a "welcome" guest arrives at our 
house we say, with perfect sincerity, "Now we want you 
to just make yourself at home while you are here: feel 
that you are one of the family; come and go as you please. 
We want you to feel that you are one of us while yon 
are with us." Just how the guest fits into our home will 
be shown by the response that is made to our activities. 

Crusader Topic 

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point. But we must live a transformed life of purity, 
devotion, righteousness and service in order to keep our 
salvation secure. We are told to "hold fast that which 
thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Time illustrates 

the wreckage of shipwrecked faiths. Keep your salvation 
secure by a daily walk of righteousness in Christ, your 
Lord and Saviour. 



Of course we usually try to show our "best side" while 
our guest is with us, and do all we can to make him or 
her really feel "at home." But far too often we find our- 
selves "relieved'* when the guest departs and we can fall 
back into the usual "routine" of our lives — that is, if we 
have been living a life that is not in keeping with our 
usual manner of living. 

With the 'Visitor" we can, as the common expression 
has it, "put on a front." He or she may never know the 
reactions of our ordinary day by day living, and go away 
with a false impression of our home, saying, "The 'Blank' 
home is a fine home and the 'Blanks' are wonderful peo- 
ple and great entertainers." But should that "visitor" be 
permitted to "drop in unawares" — O, my! how that im- 
pression might be changed. 

But with Jesus coming into the home the course of 
action would necessarily be different. He is a "Guest" 
who has come to "stay." He cannot be fooled by "put on" 
attitudes. He is fully aware of each thought as well as 
of each action. He knows whether "thoughts and actions" 
coincide. He knows whether we "think" one thing and 
"do" another. 

Now take this family at Bethany concerning which we 
read in our lesson text. It is composed of three people 
who are very dear frieinds of Jesus — Mary and Martha 
and Lazarus. Jesus felt very much "at home" with this 
family and He uses this home to demonstrate much of 
His power and teachings. That He taught these women 
many things concerning His plans and purposes and that 
they were receptive to His teachings is evident by the 
wording which is to be found in Luke 10:38, 39 and 42. 
Note the following phrases — "received him into her house" 
(38); "sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word" (39); "but 
one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good 
part" (42). 

We note the result of His teachings when real calamity 
comes to them at the death of their brother, Lazarus. It 
is quite evident from the words of both sisters that Jesus 
had taught them about the future life, for when Jesus 
came to raise Lazarus from the grave, they were pre- 
pared to acknowledge His might and power, and not to 
be too astonished when Jesus finally called out in a loud 
voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" 

But before the miracle the contact which they had had 
with Jesus in their home brought forth from Martha the 
testimony which goes everlastingly to her credit: "Yea, 
Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, 
which should come into the world." 

Humble though that home probably was, it became of 
infinite use to Jesus, for its testimony has gone down 
through the ages as a home which was "used for Christ." 
Are we permitting Him to use our homes as implements 
of testimony in His work as the Savior of souls? Are we 
really saying, not only in word, but also in action, "Yea, 
Lord: I beHeve! w and is that belief sufficiently observed 
by others that they too may become useful followers of 
the Christ? 

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None are so unreasonable and so hard to get along 
with as self-constituted and boastful perfectionists. 


The Brethren Church of Morrill, Kansas, is seeking a 
pastor to take the place of Brother Robert Bischof, who 
closed his work in this church the latter part of Janu- 
ary to move to Ashland, Ohio, where he will continue to 
prepare for his work in the Missionary Field. Please ad- 
dress all correspondence relative to this pastorate to: 

Mrs. George Eisenbise, 

Secretary of The Brethren Church 

Morrill, Kansas. 

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In the Brethren Evangelist of January 26, 1952, the 
editor called attention to data contained in our 1952 Year 
Book. A more comprehensive report might be of inter- 
est to the Brotherhood, hence this letter. 

All will agree that the year of 1951 was an aggressive 
history making year for the Brethren Church. A renewed 
interest in Ashland College and Seminary; with its new 
Chapel, shifting of personnel, its Spiritual emphasis and 
an increased contact and recognition given throughout 
the Brotherhood. A forward step in Sunday School lit- 
erature by our Publishing House with the enlarged pro- 
gram to make our Publishing House a center and clear- 
ing house for a better Brethren Literature and the dis- 
semination of Brethren ideas and ideals for all, that shall 
provoke a denomination wide aggressive program of 
progress. An aroused Missionary Board that is now pro- 
moting an intensive program of the establishing of new 
churches to spread the Gospel as known and proclaimed 
by the Brethren Church into new fields. All this fore- 
tells greater progress for the year 1952. What a General 
Conference program we should have in 1957, our anni- 
versary year of Jubilee! 

Likewise the year 1951 was a year of progress for the 
Firestone Park Brethren Church of Akron, Ohio. Allow 
me to report some of the history made. One young man, 
Gerald Bronson, was called by the church and set apart 
for the Gospel ministry. He is now a pre-sem student 
in Ashland College, and is enrolled in the Seminary which 
will follow his graduation from the College. Myron Dodds 
was called to the ministry in 1949. He will graduate from 
the Seminary in June 1922, so the church unanimously 
voted for the District Ministerial Examining Board to 
prepare him for ordination, which is desired shall occur 
in his home church here at Akron soon after his grad- 
uation. At that time he will be ready to assume a pas- 

FEBRUARY 9, 1952 


feorate. Two revival meetings were held. One in April, con- 
ducted by Rev. D. C. White of Milledgeville, Illinois. 
Another in November-, conducted by the writer. 

We thank the Milledgeville church for sending Brother 
White to us. His sermons were challenging, inspiring, 
and Biblically sound in every detail. The chimes which 
he used for fifteen minutes before each service are still 
talked about by some of the people in the community. In 
the services of preparation, during the revival, and im- 
mediately following the Revival, six were added to the 
church membership — four by baptism and two by state- 

In June five were received by Baptism; one by bap- 
tism in July; in September two by baptism and one by 
statement; October one by baptism; November one by 
baptism; and in December four by baptism. In January 
1952 one has been received by baptism. 

During the November Revival meeting our able song 
leaders were ,Bob Keplinger and Phil Lersch from the 
Seminary. Both, members of the Ambassador Quartet, 
di da noble and beneficial piece of work for us. They 
have already reported the details of the Revival, so it 
remains only for me to commend them for their splen- 
did work in leading the song services and the bringing 
of others with them to help at the piano and the ren- 
dering of special instrumental and vocal musical num- 
bers. Thank you. We hope that you will be available 
again for such a service. 

For 1952 we are again planning two Revival Meetings: 
one to be held around Easter time and the other in the 
Fall. However with a fine group of personal workers we 
pray for and expect converts and members to be added 
from week to week throughout the year. Several hun- 
ired dollars have already been raised for our new sanc- 
;uary fund, and we have set in our 1952 budget the 6um 
af $5,000.00 to be raised in this fund locally, that is by 
Ui own church people. 

We heartily thank both the Ohio District Mission and 
;he General Missionary Board for the fine way that they 
lave stood by us and helped in getting the work estab- 
ished in Akron. We hope to become entirely self-sup- 
sorting by 1954. 

Then the next step will be the completion of our 
Building Program by the construction of the main sanc- 
;uary which will face Archwood. Preliminary plans have 
>een drawn by an .architect, committees are now oper- 
iting, and several finance projects have been adopted by 
various organizations within the local church. The church 
lere will welcome and sincerely appreciate the adoption 
)f any such projects by other churches, or organizations, 
>r individuals throughout the brotherhood. We invite cor- 
■espondence. Pray for the Lord's work in Akron, Ohio, 
rhis is a large field with potential possibilities for other 
3rethren Churches. 

J. G. Dodds. 

South Bend, Indiana 

It was truly the power of the Holy Spirit and the 
samest prayers of faithful Christians that sent Rev. 

Waiter A. Pierce, .superintendent of the City Rescue 
Mission at Muskegon, Michigan, to our Ardmon Breth- 
ren Church to hold two weeks of revival meeting! f 
December 2nd to I Gth inclusive. Rev. Pierce, big physic- 
ally and big in heart!, is a most humble man and h<- lets 
God guide and direct his life and work. His heart is <• 
flowing with God's wonderful love -he loves people and 
he is blessed' with an outstanding personality. In each 
of his messages of salvation his passion for lost souls 
was vividly shown and if I were to choose a theme that 
would cover all of his messages, it would be, Precious 
in the Eyes of the Lord." He brought out the great real- 
ity that no matter how down and out a person might 
seem, their soul is always precious to God. What a pas- 
sion our Lord Jesus has for lost souls. Man looketh upon 
our outward appearance,, but the Lord looketh upon the 

Due to a previous engagement for December 4th, Rev. 
Pierce was unable to be with us that evening, but he 
arranged for Louis West, superintendent of the United 
Rescue Mission in Chicago, to bring the message and 
it was filled with that burning desire to win lost souls 
to Christ. 

On Saturday evening, December 8th, Rev. Pierce 
showed a Rescue Mission film by the Christian Indsutrial 
League in Chicago. A part of this were actual scenes 
filmed on Skid Row. This took seve)al months to film. 
The following Monday, Rev. Pierce took our pastor, Rev. 
R. F. Porte, to Chicago and they visited not only this 
mission, but also the United Mission and Pacific Garden 
Mission. On Saturday evening, December 15th, Rev. Pierce 
told his life story. The immeasurable power of God and 
prayer was drastically brought out in this message. That 
evening following the service, the young people and the 
prayer meeting group were invited to the basement by 
our evangelist for a social hour and the Eats "were on 

Rev. Pierce brought the morning messages the three 
Sundays he was with us. He also spoke to the children 
and the adults two different times in Sunday School and 
he taught the combined youth classes one Sunday. In 
truth he makes use of every opportunity to witness for 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Each evening our pastor, evangelist, song leader Rev. 
Henry Buel and his good wife of South Bend, and others 
who felt the necessity of prayer, would meet in the 
prayer room for a season of prayer previous to the ser- 
vice. I dare say it was this group that received the rich- 
est blessings. Special prayer was also offered before Sun- 
day School convened. This is done every Sunday morn- 
ing and is considered a "must" in our Ardmore Breth- 
ren Church, as is our Wednesday evening prayer meet- 
ing and Bible study. God desires we do this and we know 
there is much power in prayer. 

Each evening our service was enriched with special 
music. I will mention those that brought it. hoping I am 
not forgetting any one. Five evenings different groups 
of young men and women from Bethel College. Misha- 
waka, Indiana, came. They not only witnessed for the 
Lord with their music, but they always had a testimony 
for Him. Others who came were: the North Libertv. In- 



diana. Brethren Church male quartet: the Paul Whitmer 
family from the First Brethren Church of South Bend; 
Rev. Hayes, pastor of the Mishawaka, Indiana, Christian 
Church; the Hoadley sisters quartet from Dowagiac, 
Michigan; special music from the Elkhart, Indiana, Riv- 
erside Christian Church, and several numbers from our 
song leader and members of our own church. The choir 
was composed of the young folks of the church, who did 
a splendid job and were very faithful. 

The first ten days the weather was ideal and our at- 
tendance ranged from fair to good. But the last five days 
there was much snow, it was very cold, the roads were 
very slippery and some were impassable due to the snow 
drifts — therefore our attendance was not good, as many 
of our faithful members live in the rural districts. 

Now just what were the results of these two weeks of 
revival meetings ? No one can really answer that but our 
Lord Jesus Christ. .But there were five first-time confes- 
sions — two young mothers, a young man and two boys. 
There were several who reconsecrated their lives anew 
to the Lord Jesus and that included the entire youth choir. 
A young couple came into the church by letter. On De- 
cember 30th Rev. Porte administei-ed the rites of bap- 
tism to five persons and received them,- into the church by 
the apostolic rite of Laying on of Hands. A few weeks 
before, five other persons received these rites. 

Although we say the revival meeting lasted two weeks, 
we pray that the spirit of revival will be in the hearts 
of all of our church members throughout the entire year 
and the years to come. We thank Rev. and Mrs. Porte 
for taking Rev. Pierce into their home and making him 
feel so welcome. We thank the church folks who enter- 
tained our pastor and his good wife and our evangelist 
to a bountiful meal each day at the noon hour. And we 
thank Rev. Pierce for coming to us. He serves a large 
mission with ,a staff of about twenty-five people working 
there. The "men of the street" are not only given a place 
to sleep and food for their bodies, but they are also given 
spiritual food, as every evening of the year the gospel 
message is preached in the Muskegon, Michigan, Rescue 
Mission. Since Rev. Pierce's return home an "alcoholic 
ward" has also been added to serve the unfortunate. 

But the most important "Thank You" goes to our Lord 
and Saviour who made all this possible and we give Him 
all the praise and glory. 

Mrs. Reah Harman. 


We wish to share with you the blessing that Miss Veda 
Liskey was to us here in Mansfield, both in our home 
and the church service. Many of our people had heard 
about her, but had not been privileged to meet our mis- 
sionary in person. Her message was one of testimony 
and inspiration to us all. 

Last week fourteen of our church women met at our 
home to fellowship, pray and hem towels. Some brought 
towels, pillow cases, aprons, hot pads, two sheets and 
several brought an offering of money to be sent to Miss 
Liskey. The missionary treasury gave the price of a uni- 

All enjoyed having a part in this small way. The women 
were inspired to have similar work meetings for Miss 
Liskey and other missionaries, in the future. 

We have special meetings for children on Thursday 
evenings, and they are showing a real interest also. 

Mrs. Elmer Carrithers. 

Laid To Rest 

METZKER. Lu Ellen Metzker, widow of Mark B. Metz- 
ker, and a member of the Oakville, Indiana, Brethren 
Church, passed from this life to be with her Lord on 
January 25, 1952,. Born in Metamora, Indiana, in 1872 
and came to Oakville at the age of sixteen years. She 
had been seriously ill since September. 

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James Reagin 
and Mrs. George Acker; a grandson, Dr. Thomas Craig- 
mile; two sisters and three brothers. 

Funeral services were conducted by the undersigned and 
Rev. Ed Burnworth. Bright Hanna, pastor. 

January 167 31, 1952 

D,a.vid S. Hegler, Chillicothe, Ohio $ 5.00 

Scott A. Shannon, Hiawatha, Kansas 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Flora, Lagro, Indiana 2.00 

Emma A. Aboud, Los Angeles, California 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lonero, Reno, Nevada 10.00 

John L. Gillin, Madison, Wisconsin 10.00 

E. B. Miller, Manistee, Michigan 10.00 

Charles L. Anspach, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan .... 5.00 

Mrs. May Kentzer, West Alexandria, Ohio .... 5.00 

F. S. Beeghley, Santa Paula, California 25.00 

S. C. Flickinger, Morrill, Kansas 20.00 

Cooperative (Columbus), Ohio Brethren Church 6.00 

Mrs. Rosalie Garrett, Sebring, Florida 1.00 

Mrs. Harvey Hartman, Wakarusa, Indiana .... 2.00 

Dell G. Lemon, Portis, Kansas 5.00 

Vesta N. Hoover, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania . . . 3.00 

Mrs. Charles E. Rose, Brownsville, Penna 3.00 

O. Garber, Sapulpa, Oklahoma 5.00 

Mrs. E. A. Juillerat, Portland, Indiana 3.50 

Mrs. Maggie Bell Coons, Washington, C. H., O. 1.00J 
Riverside (Lost Creek), Kentucky Christian 

Training School 25.00 

College Comer (Wabash), Ind. .Brethren Church 27.88 

Mr. & Mrs. J. Roy Stiffler, Punta Gorda, Florida 5.00 

Ora E. Jones, Clayton, Ohio 2.00 

Mrs. Nina M. Bishop, Kissimee, Florida 5.00 

Udell, Iowa Brethren Church 10.00 

Gatewood (Fayetteville.\ West Va. Brethren Ch. 8.25 

Mrs. Nettie M. Wolfe, Howie in the Hills, Fla. 25.00 

Bryan, Ohio Brethren Church 200.00 

Clarice Fitzwater, Mathias, West Virginia .... 4.00 

$ 436.63 
Previously reported 617.55 

Total to date $1,054.18 

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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 


He Tflight Have Written It Tor/at/ 

Here is a choice bit of thought from the pert of Abraham Lincoln: 
"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; 
we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has 
ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious 
hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and 
strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceit fulness of 
our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wis- 
dom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we hare 
become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserv- 

ing graces, too proud to pray to the God that made us. 

A. Lincoln. 

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February 16, 1952 

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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C Brother Clarence Fairbanks reports 
the showing- of the sound film, "No Other Gods," on Sun- 
day evening, February 10th, following which it was 
planned to have a panel discussion concerning the film, 
with a general period of congregational participation af- 
ter the discussion proper. Such a program should be in- 
tensely interesting. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. We note from 
from Brother Elmer Keek's bulletin of February 3rd that 
Brother W. B. Brant, Vinco pastor, "delivered a good 
used bus to our Mission in Lost Creek, Kentucky, on Fri- 
day, January 25th." Brother Keck does not give us the 
source of the receipt of this bus. 

Miss Veda Liskey was a recent speaker at the Valley 
Church. Delegations were present from Vinco and two 
Churches of the Brethren. 

Wayne Heights, Waynesboro, Penna. We see by Brother 
Leatherman's bulletin that sufficient cement blocks and 
the required number of bricks for the new church build- 
ing have been ordered and will soon be delivered. We also 
learn that the building contract will not be let to a con- 
tractor, but rather the Building Committee will assume 
the supervision and management of the work. This will 
save considerable on the expense of the building. 

It has been decided to hold one week of Pre-Easter 
services, asking one from the Missionary Board to be 
the guest speaker. 

A Cash Day has been scheduled as a regular quarterly 
part of the raising of Building Funds, the date being set 
as the last Sunday of each quarter of the year. 

Brother Leatherman reports that up to the present tin 
forty signatures have been placed on their membersh) 

Johnstown, Penna., Third. The Christian Endeavore: 
of the Third Church commemorated the seventy-fir, 
Birthday of Christian Endeavor in a special evening se 
vice on Sunday, February 3rd. The program in the saro 
tuary was followed by a Birthday Party in the soci; 
rooms. The program was in charge of Brother John Golb; 

The Cambria County Brethren Christian Endeavor Ra 
ly was held in the Third Church on Tuesday eveninj 
February 5th. Ibe Brethren Youth were scheduled 1 
give a repeat pei'formance of the play, "Fanny Crosby. 

The Junior Christian Endeavor Society recently ser 
one hundred pairs of sox and several T-shirts to the chi 
dren in Kentucky. 

Brother Arthur Baer says that they received a 6plei 
did response in their Building Fund Pledge Program. 

Recent confession of Christ was made by two youn 
people and they will be baptized and received into th 
church in the near future. 

Masontown, Penna. Brother William Keeling says ths 
"Pete, the Leper Pig, had a large meal for his final on 

One hundred and fifty were present when Miss Liske 
recently made her address in Masontown. 

Ashland, Ohio. The Sunday night service on Februar 
3rd was in charge of the Christian Endeavor Societie 
of the church. There was ,a fine attendance. The offerin; 
is to be turned over to the Brethren Youth Project o 
helping Brother and Sister Robert Bischof in the estab 
lishing of the new mission point in Nigeria, Africa. Fol 
lowing the evening service a C. E. Fellowship meetin; 
was held in the basement of the church. 

One more was baptized and received into the churc' 
by Brother Rowsey on January 20th, and also one bap 
tized and received from the Garber Memorial Missior 

The Garber Memorial Brethren Mission, Ashland, Ohk 

In a two-week evangelistic campaign, conducted by Pro! 
Edwin Boardman of the Seminary, recently one was bap 
tized in the Park Street Church baptistry by Brothe 
Kenneth Solomon, pastor of the Mission. All who are re 
ceived by baptism become members of the Park Stree 
Church, which is sponsoring the work there, until sue! 
time as this mission work can be organized into a regu 
larly established Brethren Church, at which time thes* 
will become charter members of this new church. 

It is planned to do some definite work of remodeling oi 
this church building which was built by the late A. L 
Garber and deeded to the Park Street Church by tb 
daughters some time ago. An additional lot has been pur 
chased and plans are in the making to do much worl 
there when the weather permits and construction may b 

Dayton, Ohio. We note that a schedule of special dele 
gated groups, which, we judge, are to be responsible fo 
attendance at the various nights of the "Ten Wednesda; 
Nights of Evangelism," has been set up and the one< 
designated for the month of Febduary were and are 
February 6th — Lo Bre Lea Bible Class; 13th — Family 
Night; 20th— Sunday School Night; 27th— Woman's Mis 

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"EBRUARY 16, 1952 


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rf /W Speaking of Vireachers 


\S WE HAVE SO OFTEN SAID, "There are times 
when we like to let other speak in our stead on this 
age," and then join them in thinking about the subject 
r hich they, without doubt, have already meditated upon 
lany, many times, until at last they have received the 
rge to commit to the written page their conclusions. Then 
; is that when these conclusions are reached and tabu- 
ited, they sometimes find their way to "Ye Edtor's Desk," 
lere to undergo more thought and meditation and, final- 
i, as this one has, they become a part of the "Editor's 
hinking Aloud." 

Such is the case this week — during the month when 
ur thoughts have been, and are being turned, to the 
[inister of The Gospel and his needs. 

Our thoughts about him have, for the most part, been 
rrned to the material, that is, the financial side of his 
fe. But here we want to turn to the side of what we 
lighjt call, "attitudes" of life, as related to him and to 
is family. 

The following was submitted to the Editor by a Lay- 
lan, with the request that his name not be used. But 
uffice it to say that we know that he 1 is a very observant 
ndividual, and he speaks from the vantage point of one 
dio sees and understands. 

Therefore we want to turn your thoughts "preacher- 
'ard" and trust you will be impressled as we were by 
he "to the point" pert paragraphs that are found below. 

Speaking of the preacher, our Layman friend writes: 


If he uses notes, 'he reads his sermons'; if he preaches 
without notes, 'he isn't sufficiently prepared.' 

If, out of loneliness, he and his wife invite to their 
tome — or visit — some other couple for a social evening, 
they show too much partiality'; if not, 'they don't mix 

If he visits often and regularly, and reports on the visits, 
he spends too much time gadding'; if not, 'he's not work- 
ng as he should.' 

If he shakes hands with every one, 'he keeps people 
n the church too long'; if not, 'he's not friendly.' 

If he works a lot with young folks, 'he neglects the 
)lder people, the backbone of the church'; if not, 'he is 
leglecting the future of the church.' 

If he has his members help in his services, 'he's try- 
ng to get out of work'; if not, 'he runs the whole show 

If he takes a month's vacation, 'he really has it soft 
mi our money'; if not, 'I think we need a vacation from 
church services for a while.' 

If he takes outside engagements, 'he is neglecting the 
work of his own church'; if not, 'nobody else seems to 
want him.' 

If he drives a nice car, 'how can he afford that? \r< 
we paying him too much?'; if he drives an old wreck. 
'What's he trying to do; make the community think we 
are starving him?' 

If he has a large garden in which to raise his \ 
tables, 'What's he trying to do; farm, too?'; if not, 1 

If he preaches over twenty minutes, 'he's long-winded": 
if less, 'it's not worth walking to church for; what are 
things coming to, anyway?' 

And to top it all off, he gets branded as both 'Mod- 
ernist' and 'Too fundamental.' 

Lo, the poor preacher! 

This Layman might have gone further in his medita- 
tion, for there ar many phases of this subject upon which 
he has not touched. Probably these other phases are only 
known to the preacher himself and must come, not from 
observation, but from experience. But on the whole our 
Layman friend has gone to the very root of the matter, 
and rightly has made both his first and last expressions 
read— "Lo, The Poor Preacher!" 

At least there is a great deal here to make each one of 
us think — hr>th from the standpoint of the ministry and 
the laity. Take just a little time to read it again, and 

Think it over! 

January 31 — February 7. 1952 

Mrs. Susie Fauss, Jersey City. New Jersey . . . . > 1.00 

Idella Walter, Jackson, Michigan 5.00 

Park Street (Ashland, Ohio) Brethren Church .. 139.10 

North Georgetown, Ohio, Brethren Church .... 50.00 

New Paris, Indiana, Brethren Church 156.94 

Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Stuckman. New Paris. Penia.. . 10.00 

Berlin, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church ....... 1? 

Denver, Indiana. Brethren Church 43.50 

Fairhaven (West Salem. Ohio). Brethren Church 26.61 

White Dale (Terra Alta. W. Ya.\ Brethren Ch. 17.00 

Mulvane. Kansas. Brethren Church 18-Ofl 

$ 833.30 

Previously reported $1,C 54.18 

Total to date $1,687.48 



Substitutes - Ban They Take the Vlace of the Original 

Rev. Ernest Minegar 
Pastor of the College Corner, Indiana, Brethren Church 

JN THE THIRD CHAPTER of Second Timothy we are 
reminded of that which shall take place in the last days: 
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall 
come" (Verse 1). It is quite evident that we are living 
in these same conditions. 

As we have come to the close of another year and we 
■survey the events of the past years, we are brought to 
a close realization of this fact. Then when we look at 
verse 2, we can easily see the fulfilling of this prophecy, 
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, 
boasting, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, un- 
thankful, unholy." Surely it is not difficult to see how 
men have become "lovers of their own selves." 

Too many people today have concern only for their own 
welfare, materially and spiritually alike, with no regard 
or love for their fellowman or neighbor. We believe our 
own interests are of highest importance — even forgetting 
to "Give thanks unto God" for the way He has blessed 
us with the material comforts of life. We just go on ac- 
cepting all of these benefits and forget the Source. 

We also have become "covetous," attempting to build 
up for "ourselves treasures on earth," and make no res- 
ervations for a heavenly abode. The scriptures make it 
very clear that punishment shall be imposed upon this 
kind of living. And God keeps every promise thaft He 
makes. He will punish for disobedience — the "proud" shall 
be brought low — the "blasphemers, the disobedient to 
parents, the unthankful and the unholy" — all shall like- 
wise be punished. 

In short, we have become much like the Israelites at 
the time Moses went up into the mountain. The people 
forsook the Living God and began to worship idols. They 
SUBSTITUTED the true and living God with false gods. 
This, of course, is the easier way, because the "gods of 
gold and silver" and of "iron and wood" make no special 
demands on us — no sacrifice — thus we take much pride 
in these new-found gods. We worship them and believe 
we have found the peace and satisfaction we have been 
seeking, only to awaken some morning to find that our 
false gods have been destroyed — completely wiped out by 
fire, theft and corruption. Then where is our joy and 
peace and satisfaction? Wouldn't it have been better for 
us to "lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven where 
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do 
not break through and steal?" 

"Acceptable Substitutes" 

Let us not forget there are "substitutes" we can accept 
with gratitude. For instance, during World War II there 
was a shortage of sugar. Our soldiers needed it and we 
made the sacrifice willingly. We substituted saccharine 
for sugar. It was not as satisfying as sugar, but we ac- 
cepted it with thankfulness. Our mothers and grand- 
mothers thought they could not bake without home-ren- 
dered lard, but then along came the vegetable compound 
as a substitute. They found it quite satisfactory. 

There are no limits to the number of "substitutes" 
can accept. They not only help us enjoy our material pi 
sessions more, but often can be obtained at less cost, 

No Sulbstiute for God 

Let us suppose, for a moment, we have become qu 
ill — perhaps an operation is necessary. Then what ab< 
our "substitute gods?" Can they comfort us in our til 
of need? Can they give us the courage we need in a til 
of crisis? Will they supplant the faith and trust whi 
only God can give; Isn't God the One who works throu 
doctors in caring for our physical infirmities? He c 
give us genuine peace atnd contentment. 

There are those among us who have made money, 
home, cars, etc., their gods. They have come to worsr, 
these material possessions so much that they have 
time left for church and its activities. They try to paci 
themselves by going to church on Easter and Christm? 
There are also those who believe that if they send sor 
money to the church it will assure them of a place 
the Kingdom. This type of person certainly needs I 
prayers of Christian people everywhere. 

A lady once told me she sent her children to Sund 
School and Church with a dollar to give to the Chur 
for her. One Sunday her daughter asked her, "Mothe 
are you trying to buy your way into heaven?" She sa 
that got her to thinking and it was not long until si 
united with the church and has been a faithful memb 
ever since. 

It is the Father's good pleasure to give us the Kin. 
dom. He wants to supply all our needs, but "seek 1 ye fir 
His Kingdom and all His righteousness" and all the) 
things shall be added unto you." We do not need to struj 
gle for material things in this world if we first becon 
an instrument of God and do His will. 

We cannot offer God a "substitute" for ourselves ai 
expect His blessings. He wants US — our consecratt 
lives. His plans for us are greater than we can visualiz 
If we try to tread life's path alone — without God's he 
we usually fail. Life has a way of teaching us that \ 
must rely on Him for all our needs. 

As we have now crossed the threshold into 1952, 1 
us all resolve to live close to God and help everyone v 
can. By doing His will we will gain everlasting peace. 

— Wabash, Indiana. 

The Holy Spirit flows through yielded MEN, not Mi 

A task worth doing and friends worth having mal 
life worth living. 

With the best sinner in the world it is yet, "Repent i 
perish" or "turn or burn." 

EBRUARY 16, 1952 


If You Were In Your Preacher's Shoes 

Ralph A. Pelton 

(We have, from time to time, printed little paragraphs Clothing 487.00 

jnt us by Mr. Felton concerning surveys of rural Medical care and hospitalization 177.00 

lurches, as conducted from Drew Seminary. Here he Transportation 670.00 

uches a very timely question — the matter of the min- Other services and goods: reading, recrea- 

ter's purse. It is worthy of consideration by each church tion, contributions, school 420.00 

ember. — Editor). Other outlays 384.00 

* * Total $3,582.00 

SOMETHING HAS BEEN HAPPENING to our pastor If his family cofiists of five instfcad of four it wouW 

J and his family during the last four years. Everything be 115% of this A fami]y of three , vr>u]d h(; u% Rent 

is been going up but his salary. Perhaps our church is not inc i uded in this budget, as a parsonage is usually 

;eds an "escalator clause." provided. 

Every layman wants his pastor to have "an adequate ,™ a , -.. , ,« C n ex *.%. t^ 

,, „ , „ . .:.. j „„ T , ,, These figures are for October 1950, after the Korean 

;lary. But how much is adequate? Lets pull up our „ r e ,, . , , - ., _. „. , ... . 

„ . _, , , , . . War was in full swing and before the Price Stabilizing 

airs and talk it over. The best help we can get is from „ r ,. , ,. . _ ... . 

_.,",_, „ T , ~ . f group in Washington began to discuss prices. I will be 

e Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. ij^uij ,. ■ <.i. t. i_ * 

glad to break down these items in the above budget for 

This Bureau brought together a group of experts on any group f interested laymen, 
ltrition, health, clothing, and housing. This "Technical 

ivisory Committee" was asked to decide upon "the nee- Now ' for something we can do: 

sary minimum requirements" of the average family. 1. We can follow the lead of a big automobile corn- 
Here was the "average family." There were four peo- P an y and adopt the "escalator clause." As the cost of 
e. The husband was 38, the wife was 36, the son, 13, and livin g £° es U P> increase our pastor's salary. This mean? 
e daughter was 8. If your pastor's family has more or an increase of 13% since 1948. Certainly we in the church 
ss than four people, don't get impatient. We'll get to should be as considerate of our employees and as Chris- 
em later. tian as a motor corporation in Detroit. 

This family lives in a five-room house, equipped with 2. The next thing we can do is to consider the pastor's 

.nning water, refrigerator, bathroom, gas or electric traveling expenses on church business entirely separate 

nge, and washing machine, but no telephone. The hus- from his salary. The writer of this article arranged with 

md bought one heavy wool suit every two years, one 119 pastors to keep an accurate record of the miles they 

fht wool suit every three years, and two pairs of shoes traveled on church business for four weeks. These men 

year. The wife required three pairs of shoes a year, were located in 35 states, no more than 15 in any one 

wool coat once in four years, and four dresses a year. state. They were in densely and sparsely populated areas, 

irehases for the boy were one sweater or jacket, two east and west, and north and south. They averaged 66S 

.irs of pants, three shirts, and three pairs of shoes miles for the four weeks, which amounted to a distance 

ery year. The girl had a heavy coat every two years of 8,350 miles in fifty weeks. The Bureau of Labor Statis- 

id four pairs of shoes and four dresses a year. tics says it costs 5.3 cents a mile to drive a car. which 

This committee of experts studied 300 items in 1947, means that our church owes our pastor $442.00 each year 

ter reduced 1 them to 60 in 1950, and 'worked out the for travel. His personal or family travel is not included 

sts for the average family in 34 different areas in the in this figure, only his travel on church business. A busi- 

nited States. The difference in an entire family over ness firm that sends out an employee to sell goods pays 

I the United States was only about $200.00 a year. the man ' s travel expenses. We in the church should be 

sually where food is cheaper, clothes are higher. So as considerate of our employees and as Christian as the 

ease don't get the idea that your pastor lives in a ordinary business firm. 

ace where "everything is cheaper." 3. Our next responsibility is toward the pastor's wife. 

If you live around Washington, Milwaukee, Houston, The Lord didn't call her into the ministry. She simply 

Lchmond, Seattle, or San Francisco, living costs are a fell in love with our pastor. Pastors' wives, as a group. 

;tle higher. If you are fortunate enough to live in the are the best educated women in the community and re- 

cinity of Indianapolis, Mobile, New Orleans, Savannah, ceive the least for their work. Ten per cent of them did 

■ Scranton you can save about $200.00 a year. The rest graduate work beyond college; S3 r ; attended college. 

us live in between. Three-fourths of them had vocational or professional ex- 
Here's what our pastor must spend a year to meet perience before they came to live in the parsonage. 
he necessary minimum requirements." Only those goods The average pastor's wife lives thirty-four years in a 
id services were included in his budget which were con- parsonage she does not own and for which she does not 
dered essential: pay rent. If she owned it she would put in some storage 

Food $1,183.00 closets or modernize it in many ways. If she paid rent. 

Utilities and household supplies 252.00 about the time she handed over the second month's check 



she would discuss the height of the kitchen sink with the 

Let's get away from the financial side. The average 
pastor's wife engages in thirty different church activ- 
ities, such as teaching a class, speaking before church 
groups, singing in the choir, helping in summer confer- 
ences, sponsoring church clubs, teaching missions, calling 
with her husband, and nineteen timber activities. These 
facts came from a study of 388 ministers' wives. 

It is the responsibility and the privilege of the church 
to help provide a modern parsonage, with built-in labor- 
saving: equipment, which will enable her to make her best 
contributions both to her home and to her church. 

4. The next step is to put a floor under low salaries. 
There are at least three very definite ideas in American 
churches regarding the amount of salary we should pay 
our minister. 

a. We should pay him according to his ability. 

b. We should pay him according to the ability of the 
church to pay. 

c. We should pay him according to his needs — (such as 
foreign missionaries.) 

Many arguments could be given in favor of each of 
these three viewpoints. The first one we are told is "The 
American Way." It "encourages a man to work hard." Also 
he tries to "please the church." Of course, it might be 
more difficult for him to preach about the sins of the 
"big givers." This system might be the reason why the 
church ministers to "management" more than to "labor"; 
why many of the big denominations turn over the poor 
families to the sects. But the way to "get results" is 
10 "reward a man for hard work and industry," we are 

Probably most churches regardless of their theories or 
beliefs, pay their pastor according to the amount of money 
the church can raise. Strong and large churches pay more. 
Weak churches "struggle along" and their pastors move 
often. One out of five ministers moves every three years. 
Nearly half of all churches (44.8%) keep their pastors 
less than four years. "What would happen if doctors or 
bankers or merchants or farmers had to move as often 
as ministers" would be a good topic to discuss at a mid- 
week church service. 

"Why not a combination of these three principles, a, 
b, and c!" somebody suggests. 

In 1928 the Methodist General Conference created a 
commission to study the matter. 

In 1931 the Southern California Methodist Conference 
voted to try a plan for strong churches to help the weak 
with this salary problem. Other Annual Conferences fol- 
lowed. Minimum salary plans have since been adopted 
in half of the Methodist Annual Conferences. 

About the same time this movement started in Amer- 
ica, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland adopted a plan 
for the maintenance of the ministry. In 1930 it established 
a fund to supplement the salaries of the weaker churches. 
Slightly over one-fourth of the Scotch churches received 
money from this fund. The strong help the weak. Min- 
isters are not compelled to move to get an adequate sal- 

In 1937 the Synod of New York which is composed of 

over 800 Presbyterian churches adopted a plan for pu 
ting a floor under ministers' salaries. This minimui 
amount has gradually increased. The Synod of Illino 
soon followed the New York plan. Several Presbyterit 
in other Synods have adopted similar plans. 

Four Synods of the Evangelical and Reformed Churc 
have plans for subsidizing all salaries which are belo 
a certain established minimum. 

Fifty Methodist Annual Conferences have minimui 
salary plans, where the strong churches help the weal 
Two out of five give extra allowances for children. Th 
money comes from regular assessments from the churc 
and in some instances from the pastors. In some case 
there is a graduated scale of assessment, the large 
churches paying a higher persentage. 

From 1941 to 1950 the cost of living rose 64%, but th 
average minimum salary in these Methodist Conference 
increased 78%. "That sounds good!" you say. Rut wai 
a minute. The average minimum salary in these 48 Meth 
odist Conferences now is only $2,008.00, which is $1,50 
less than the Bureau of Labor Statistics says a famil; 
of four needs for the necessary minimum requirements 

As we discuss this matter at the dinner table, in on 
Sunday School class, or at the church forum, here ar 
some questions that might help us. 

1. Suppose my son were a pastor, or my daughter wer 
married to a minister, how would it change my attitude' 

2. The main idea is not money, but to teach men ti 
put God and the church first. 

3. Should we in the church Christianize ministers' sal 
aries, by the strong churches helping the week, befor 
we start out to Christianize the social ills of the world' 

4. As we set out to adjust our pastor's salary to th« 
present greatly increased cost of living, might we thinl 
of our task not as hard work, but as a means for us t< 
discipline our lives for Christian service ? 

(The above was printed at the solicitation of one 03 
the leading men of The Brethren Church — Editor.) 

Che Janitor's *Peeve 

"I have never been afraid of ghosts," he said, "unti 
the other day when I happened to overhear some of the 
members telling the pastor that they could not be pres 
ent at prayer meeting, in a body, but that they would b< 
there in spirit. 

"Now, I don't know how you folks feel about it; bu1 
I must confess that I have a creeping sensation along 
my spine, when, on prayer meeting night, I walk int< 
:he dark church to make ready for the service. There 
is no telling when these spirits may come in, and whai 
seats, if any, they will occupy. 

"They might come after the meeting has begun which 
by the way, is the time some of their bodies arrive wher 
they do come, but I am not so well acquainted with these 
spirits — and, honestly, I declare that I don't want to gel 
too close to them. 

"I wish these good folk would bring their bodies wit! 
them to church and prayer meeting. I think everybodj 
would feel better about it." — Sel. 

(FEBRUARY 16, 1952 


Brethren Church History 

Dy Kev. 1 reem'an Ajiknim 

Southeastern Ohio 

N A SUNDAY AFTERNOON, May 17, 1896, a group 
of small boys were engaged in play on the Samuel 
Deffenbaugh farm, four miles East of Glenford, Ohio, 
in Perry County. One of those little barefoot chaps was 
the Author. Looking up, their attention, was attracted 
>y floatire: bits of shingles coming over the hill from the 
vest. Looking closer smoke was discovered billowing up 
>ver the hill, rising high into the heavens. The parents 
»f the boys who were gathered that Sunday afternoon in 
>rie of the homes on the farm, told the boys that "the 
Greenwood Church was on fire." It was supposed that the 
Church building caught fire from a spark from a nearby 
ilearing where piles of logs were being burned. Thus 
hat Spring Sunday afternoon in a few hours the large 
Church building was reduced to a pile of ashes. This 
►uilding had been completed in the year 1878, and on 
une 23 of the same year the house was dedicated and 
et apart for the services of God by Elder James Quinter. 

The tract of land where the church stood was formerly 
iwned by John Deffenbaugh. The Deffenbaughs had emi- 
grated to this section of Ohio from Fayette County, 
^nnsylvania. The tract of land where the Church stood 
vas sold from the Deffenbaugh farm for the sum of 
135.00 to furnish a site for the erection of the Church 
louse. The Brethren contributed liberally with Hannah 
[lover being the most liberal contributor of them all in 
ler gift of $200.00. The farm on which the church was 
irected on its extreme western edge, consisted of some 
:00 acres. At the time of the destruction of the church 
>y fire it was owned by Samuel and Mary Mack Deffen- 
>augh. This farm was the boyhood home of the Author 
or eight years. 

Stopping here for the time being in the history of the 
mined church and what followed, it might be well to look 
»ack to the beginning of the early Brethren migration to 
his section of Ohio. The first name given to the Brethren 
rroup was that of "The Jonathan Creek Congregation." 
rhe name was taken from Jonathan Creek, a tributary 
)f the Muskingum River, flowing into it a short distance 
>elow the city of Zanesville. The early settlers followed 
'anes Trace over into this section of Ohio. 

In 1796 Congress authorized Ebenezer Zane to open a 
■oad from Wheeling in Virginia (it was then) to the site 
>f the present city of Mayesville, Kentucky. The next 
/ear Ebenezer Zane accompanied by his brother Jonathan 
ind his son-in-law John Mclntire, both experienced woods- 
nen and rangers marked out the new road, which in the 
nam was nothing more than a trace. It was called by 
nany "Zanes Trace." There was little need for more than 
i marking and a road for horsemen at first. Yet it opened 
he way for numerous followers. Zane was granted the 
•ight to a number of tree tracts not exceeding a mile 
square. The country east of the Muskingum River as well 
is for some 12 miles west being hilly, Ebenezer Zane was 

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The Samuel Deffenbaugh Home Containing 
The "Preachers' Room-" 

not as fond of it as the site on the Scioto River near where 
the present city of Chillicothe now stands. He gave the 
Zanesville grant to his brother Jonathan and John Mc- 
lntire. This they developed and the name Mclntire is a 
prominent name in Zanesville today, as it is connected 
with sections of the city as well as schools and parks. 

The junction of the Licking river and the Muskingum 
afforded a site for a settlement. Jonathan Zane and his 
brother- in-law planned for the operation of a ferry at 
this juncture. The first one was very simple consisting 
of two canoes with two sticks lashed across. Zanesville, 
named for the Zanes was first named Westboum. It was 
laid cut in 1799 by Zane and Mclntire. Space does not 
permit more regarding the settling and the establishment 
of a road as well as ,a frontier hamlet at the crossing of 
the two rivers, or one as the case may be as the bridges 
first were erected below the juncture of the Licking river. 
Today the only "Y" bridge in the United States stands 
there and is crossed by U. S. Highway Number 40. 

For a fleeting period Zanesville was the Capital of the 
State of Ohio, beginning in February 1S10. Zanesville 
going all out to supply buildings and so forth nearly 
wrecked itself financially, and was a long time recover- 
ing after the Capital was moved from theie in 1S12. 

The trails leading from Pennsylvania and the other 
states of the East had somewhere to go when they reached 
the Ohio river at Wheeling. The settlers followed the 
trace blazed by Zane and a short course of time it was 
a well marked road leading to the Muskingum Yalley 
with the crossing at Zanesville. Among the many who 
were ever searching for new lands on which to erect their 
homes were the German people. In fact Perry County, 
though named for Oliver Hazard Perry, was settled by 
the Pennsylvania Germans. 

It may be difficult to state just when the first Breth- 
ren came, as they first came seeking home sites. The fiist 
worship was in their homes after they had established 
them in the clearings. We do know that there was an 
organization as early as 1S17. Just where this organisa- 
tion was effected has been lost, but we know that about 
this time there was erected upon the banks of Jonal 
Creek, Perry County, a log church where the present vil- 
lage of Mt. Perrv now stands. The Brethren not only war- 



shipped in their homes, small though they were, but in 
their barns which were larger as the German people 
usually built them. 

As the membership grew a Church house was built in 
1865, south of Zanesville and north of Roseville, which 
was given the name of Goshen. This building was aban- 
doned years ago. About 1815 a church was erected some 
foui« miles west of Glenford, Ohio. Because of the nu- 
merous families of the same name who were members of 
the church, it was given the name of the "Helser Church." 
Another name by which it was known, being descriptive 
was that of "Five-Points." Five roads converged at this 
junction which readily gave the name to the location. 

Emigration continued from Pennsylvania into this sec- 
tion of the country. About the year 1832 or 1833 Jacob 
Mack, the grandson of Alexander Mack, Jr., accompanied 
by his son-in-law, Jacob Leckrone and family, came out 
from Fayette County, Pennsylvania near Masontown. 

Jacob Mack, with his son-in-law, settled a couple miles 
southwest of the present village of Brownsville, Ohio. 
Here on adjoining farms they lived and farmed, not neg- 
lecting the Faith which was theirs. Of those days there 
have come down to us many stories of their promulgat- 
ing of the Faith. Not all of Jacob Mack's family came 
with him to Ohio. His son Jacob, also prominent in the 
work and an Elder, was left on the banks of Browns Run 
near Masontown to keep the Mill wheel turning, which 
business he had taken over when his father and some 
members of the family had decided to go west. Jacob 
Mack, accompanied by Elder James Quinter, rode horse- 
back over the 150 miles of wooded roads to visit the folk 
on the western fringe of civilization. Communion services 
were conducted in the old Leckrone barn or house near 
Brownsville. The old barn was falling into decay as ths 
author, a small boy, passed there from time to time to 
visit the Macks and other relatives. 

Some of the communion vessels which were used by 
Elders Quinter and Jacob Mack are still in existence. 
Wherever the Macks settled in that community they made 
a place for their Faith. John, a son of Jacob and brother 
of the Elder Jacob, lived near his father. Other members 
of the family down to the grandchildren were located with- 
in easy driving distance in those days. 

Jason Mack, a son of John and the grandfather of the 
author, lived approximately one mile south of the Green- 
wood church the last years of his life. From the time the 
Greenwood church was built until his death on February 
7, 1902, he was a faithful member and vigorous defender 
of the Faith. 

Following the destruction of the Greenwood church by 
fire that May Sunday afternoon, plans were immediately 
launched to rebuild. Elder Samuel Orr and wife Sarah, 
who were first to initiate the erection of the first build- 
ing and the first to contribute to its cost, took the lead 
in the rebuilding project. 

Samuel Orr was a local Elder and Farmer who spent 
his entire life in the Greenwood community. The efforts 
to rebuild were very successful and on August 31, 1896 
the new building was dedicated to the worship of God. El- 
der Quincy Leckrone, was invited to conduct the Dedica- 
tory services, in which he was ably assisted by Samuel 
Orr and Elijah Horn. The church filled a large place in 
the community. Samuel Orr had been baptized by W. 

Arnold of Somerset, and made a Deacon in 1876. He wa 
appointed to the Ministry in 1878 and held this offic 
until his death September 22, 1904. 

The Greenwood work grew from the time of its initia 
tion. In the year 1883 approximately one hundred mem 
bers of the church withdrew from its membership in th 
Division. This greatly weakened the church and not onl; 
divided the membership of the church but divided fami 
lies as well. The writer is well aware of the family divi 
sions. Though the division took place quite a number o 
years before his arrival on the scene the disputation: 
were still going strong from his first memory. His Grand 
father and Grandmother, Jason Mack and wife with on< 
son, were members of the "Conservatives" as they wen 
jailed while his Father, Mother and Aunt were member' 
of the "Progressives." To his childhood ears the loud anc 
long debates or arguments loomed large indeed. 

The "Progressive" element erected a Church building 
four miles west of Glenford, Ohio in 1886 just across th( 
road from the "Helser" church at Five-Points. This was 
named "Bethel." This church grew and continued for z 
long period of time to serve the "Progressives." Sunday 
School and Worship Services were held here every twc 
weeks regularly. The Deffenbaughs and others from the 
Community east of Glenford who were among its mem- 
bers and attendants drove there faithfully for each ser- 
vice. Between times they attended the Greenwood Church. 

In the year 1898 land was given a half mile eastj of the 
Greenwood church by Samuel and Mary Mack Deffen- 
baugh, upon their large farm, for the erection of a church 
building. This was completed that year under the leader- 
ship of Rev. J. M. Bowman, the Pastor. The schedule for 
services was arranged to care for each Sunday either at 
the Bethel church or at the Baracha church, as the new 
one on the Deffebaugh farm was called. The two churches 
were cared for mainly by Ministers who came down from 
Ashland College, and not many years of their existence 
were regular full time Pastors on the field. The summers 
usually found the Pastor there, but at other times he came 
from the College to care for the work. To name those who 
came down would be to enumerate many who are living to- 
day or who preached there during their student days and 
then went on to other fields. 

Two rooms were added to the large brick house on the 
Deffenbaugh farm which were set apart for the use of 
the pastor. They were indeed, "The Preachers' Rooms." 
This was always the home of the Pastor as long as the 
chkirches continued to function. It is only due to those 
who offered the rooms to state that Board was also in- 
cluded. The Sundays the services were held at Baracha 
usually found a great gathering of the Brethren at the 
Deffenbaughs or some other home nearby. The same was 
the plan when the Services were held at the Bethel Church. 
The homes of the leaders, The Loves, The Duplers, The 
Helsers and others there, were usually thrown open and 
a fine time of fellowship and visitation was had until 
time to hitch up the horses to the fringed-topped surreys 
and drive back to their homes eight miles to the east. 

Time has caused many changes in the life as it once 

existed. The Bethel Church four miles to the west of 

Glenford no longer exists. The building has been razed. 

The "Conservative" church as it was called, or Olivet as 

Ccntinued on page 12) 

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Tor Christ and Che Church 

It will be of concern to some to know what the Sec- 
retary-elect of the Missionary Board has been doing since 
he has taken office. It is a pleasure to review something 
of the activities of the past two and a half months. 

First of all it might be well to point out the necessity 
of having the Secretary train himself in the field of mis- 
sions and stewardship before attempting to carry the re- 
sponsibility of the work. This has 'been my first objective. 
Some other phases of the work have been mixed into 
my schedule, resulting in experiences definitely of a train- 
ing nature. 

Elgin, Illinois 

Early in December a visit was made to the Church of 
the Brethren headquarters in Elgin, Illinois. It was both 
interesting and enlightening to observe the operations of 
the various phases of their work. Conferences with the 
secretaries of their commissions and other responsible 
leaders were arranged by Leland Brubaker, Secretary 
of the Foreign Mission Commission. I enjoyed the hos- 
pitality of the Brubaker home while there. 

Moody Bible Institute 
A day and a half was spent at Moody Bible Institute. 
Dr. Harold H. Cook, head of the Department of Missions, 
was most gracious in answering questions and giving in- 
formation. It was most interesting to sit in on two of 
his classes, one in Missionary Survey; the other lin- 
guistics. Some time was spent in the library with profit, 

Wheaton College 

At Wheaton College I vsited with Nina Royer of Louis- 
ville, Ohio, and with one of the Gearhai-t sisters of Peru, 
Indiana. It was a delight to talk with these Brethren stu- 
dents and to have them steer me around the campus. 

Dr. Merrill C. Tenney, Dean of the Graduate School, 
was most cordial. He expressed his willingness to con- 
fer with me at any time that could be arranged. While 
on the campus, I met Dr. Kenneth Kantzer, a former 
fellow-student at Ashland College, and enjoyed a brief 
visit with him. Dr. Kantzer is an instructor of theology 
and Old Testament. 

Tucson, Arizona 

On January 5, I stepped off the train at Tucson, Ari- 
zona, and was greeted by the wonderful sunshine and 

Vernon Grisso, pastor there. The services in the church 
there during the week were well attended. The interest 
was especially good. I enjoyed speaking, visiting, and 
working together for the future growth of the church. 
The church and parsonage at Tucson are beautiful, as 
well as substantial and adequate. This fine group of peo- 
ple, planning and working together, gives encouraging 
hope of a bright future. The day of dedication was a 
highlight and an inspiration. Pray that this work may 
go forward with glory for the Lord. 

California Conference 

On January 14, late in the afternoon, I left Tucson 
with the Claytons, heading for Manteca, California. We 
arrived there on Thursday morning in time for the first 
session of the conference. 

Our home while in Manteca, was the fine, new, unoc- 
cupied parsonage, located just next door to the church. 
This was most convenient and comfortable. 

Dr. Clayton, Mrs. Clayton, their son, John and I truly 
enjoyed the wonderful fellowship of the California breth- 
ren. The Platts, the Johnson families, Brother Ingraham 
and others we had met in the past were most cordial 
and helpful in making us acquainted. 

It was a privilege to speak several times during the 
conference and also to hold private councils with groups 
and individuals, discussing the work of our denomination. 

A Full Day 

On Sunday morning I spoke to the Lathrop Sunday 
School; then I went to the Stockton Church to speak for 
their worship service. On Sunday evening the closing 
Conference message was brought to a well-filled house 
of attentive listeners. 

The California Brethren are a fine, enthusiastic peo- 
ple. Do not forget them. They long for our fellowship 
and our help. Remember them in prayer. They are moving 

Menlo Park 

On Monday the Platts escorted us to Menlo Park, where 
we met the Earl Floras. The Floras took us on a tour 
of the beautiful Leland Stanford University campus, lo- 
cated about a block from their home. We enjoyed a love- 
ly dinner as their guests and were glad to view the V ;.- 
lo Park area which is being considered by the Califor- 



nia District Mission Board as the possible location for 
a new Brethren Church- 
Homeward Bound 

On Tuesday morning we began our journey eastward 
across the great southwestern area where the weather, 
obviously, is "very unusual," 

A brief stop at Carleton, Nebraska, and one at Falls 
City, Nebraska, afforded the opportunity of seeing some- 
thing of two Brethren fields entirely new to us. 

— W. Clayton Berkshire. 



News From Our Mission Points 

Furnished by the Missionary Office 



R. D. No* 4, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 

SO VERY MANY good .Brethren are definitely inter- 
ested in the Wayne Heights Brethren Church we feel 
it is their right to expect news of the progress of this 
work frequently. Since the dedication of the Chapel on 
October 28th, news of which was told in the pages of 
the Evangelist, we have continued growth in interest and 
enrollment. On November 18th at 3:00 P. M., ground was 
broken for the new church building. The message on the 
occasion was given by Brother Dyoll Belote of Linwood, 
Maryland, who also brought the sermon for the follow- 
ing evening service. Both messages were appreciated by 
well-attended audiences. The children and young people 
presented an excellent Christmas program. The life-size 
background of the nativity scene gave a lift to the Chapel, 
which in itself is not only commodious for our services, 
but beautiful as well. Since this chapel is painted on the 
outside, and since the cupola has been built and placed 
upon it, and since it stands upon a hill, it truly stands 
out in the community to be seen from all directions. Our 
people appreciate more and more this thoughtful and 
considerate gift from our Brethren Youth to the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church. It is filling a real 
need in our work here, and we are sure it will in build- 
ing new congregations elsewhere, according to the pur- 
pose of our Mission Board. And since interest has been 
manifest in using it elsewhere soon, we are interested 
here in getting our own building up as soon as possible 
to release it for this purpose. 

This last Sunday, January 27, the Ambassadors Quar- 
tette was with us for the morning service. They gave 
us a beautiful and helpful worship service that will long 
be remembered by the many who were present. Our Sun- 
day evening services are being very well attended also. 

Each service some new face from the local community is 

A new membership record book has been secured and 
the first record in it is made by all those who sign the 
following statement of faith: "This is to certify that I 
have been baptized by trine immersion, and am a mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church, or I want to be, and sign 
my name here to identify my membership in the Wayne 
Heights .Brethren Church." There are thirty-six signa- 
tures to this statement to date, and a few more who we 
are certain will so indicate their intentions. There are 
a few children and young people who need to be led into 
the church, and some who are already members, whom 
the pastor plans to care for through a "Young Church 
Members' Class." This is a practice he has found helpful 
in past experience. 

Our Sunday School is now completely organized with 
the newly installed officers taking up their duties with 
the calendar year, according to a newly-adopted consti- 
tution. The church also has been completely organized 
according to this newly adopted constitution. Our people 
are showing a real and united interest and desire to work 
together, to be worthy of all the interest, the prayers, 
and the financial aid given for this new work, 

Of course, the big ta^k now before us is the construc- 
tion of the new church building. As soon as our plans 
are shaped we want to submit them to both the Mission 
Board of the Brethren Church, and the Pennsylvania Dis- 
trict Mission Board. These Boards, representing the 
churches and all brethren, not only give aid in this new 
project by helping support the pastor in a liberal way, 
but aid by their pi-omises in the building project as well. 

While we cannot take this space to mention all the 
splendid and liberal personal gifts for our building fund, 
we\ cannot refrain from mentioning the gifts and promises 
of aid from the National W. M. S., our Pennsylvania 
District W. M. S., our District S. M. ML, our District 
Laymen's Organization, some Sunday School classes and 
O y E. Organizations in addition to the promises from our 
mission boards. 

A problem has been in our minds as to just what we 
might do to show our appreciation for these liberal gifts 
and those who gave them. We have come to no conclu- 
sion on that. But possibly there could be no better ex- 
pression of appreciation than to endeavor to fulfill the 
desires of those who give this aid in the Spirit of and 
in the name of the Lord. This promise we trust to ac- 
complish for you. After all our interests and faith are 
one. This is to invite you to, "Come and See," at any 
time, and particularly when we are able to inform you 
of the dedication of your new Wayne Heights Brethren 
Church Building. 

N. Victor Leatherman, pastor. 

The Word of God known in mind, heart, and experience, 
prepares and fits unto every good work. 

Service walks hand in hand with belief in God and love 
for mankind. 

It may be a little further around the corner of a square 
deal, but the road is better. 

FEBRUARY 16, 1952 


Topic for February 24, 1952 


Ephesians 5:23-27; 3:21; Revelation 7:9-17 

ALL OF US HAVE HEARD of the Church. We have 
a conception of the church as being that building 
where we go to Sunday School and other meetings. We 
also hear adults talk about attending "Church," that is, 
the service where the choir sings and the preacher 
preaches, which usually follows Sunday School. Then, if 
we are one of those wise young people who also includes 
church services in our Sunday diet, we probably will hear 
the preacher speak of church in another way. If he is a 
true to the Bible preacher he will tell of the church eter- 
nal, or the invisible church. Maybe it is a little bit con- 
fusing to us. Yet, it doesn't need to be, for it is easily 
explained, and that is the purpose of our study tonight. 

1. ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH. The Church is an or- 
ganization of Christianity. In its pure state it is the rep- 
resentative body of Christ on the earth. He organized the 
church through His disciples. He empowered the church 
with His Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The pur- 
poses of the Church are laid out in the Great Commis- 
sion. Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it. 
Out of those early fellowship talks of Jesus and the dis- 
ciples came the organization which had grown, suffered, 
and witnessed for Christ for nearly 2000 years. Wherever 
a few believers gather together, there a church can take 

soul accepts Christ and is obedient to Him in the things 
commanded by Him, he becomes a member of the invisible 
Church of Jesus Christ. In this invisible, eternal church 
are all those of all ages who have believed in Christ and 
who have stayed true to Him even unto death. This is 
the Bride of Christ which Christ loves. 

3. ON EARTH. While we, through our faith in Christ 
are members of the eternal Church, on earth we are ex- 
pected to line up with the organization we call "the 
church." This "church" has been divided many times into 
different denominations and factions. Unchristian practices 
have often entered into this church. Its meaning and pur- 
pose have often been misinterpreted. Its main purpose of 
gospel witnessing has often been distorted into everything 
but that. Yet on the earth there are people who, through 
their fellowship with Christ, are working to purify and 
cleanse the churches. Membership in an earthly church 
is no guarantee of eternal life, even though multitudes of 
people believe that. We must belong to Christ's eternal 
church to merit heaven. However, in order to serve Christ 
the best, we must line ourselves up with a church on earth. 

4. THE BUSINESS OF THE CHI BCH- Christ eofmnte- 

sioned His disciples (and thus the church) to preach 

gospel, to teach, to baptize. In other word.-i. the church is 
to preach the gospel, to bring men to to train 

them in Christian living, and to help each \> a 

life of worship and service. To this end, we have missions, 
worship services, training classes, prayer meeting*-, I' 
study hours, etc. We give our tithes and off nat 

the work of the church might proceed. Church-tn ves 

which can also be Christ-trained lives, are those which 
make for better society and better living. We often point 
with pride to all that has come about in the world where 1 
the church has gone. True, because the church's message 
is the message of Christ's saving grace and transforming 
power. When that message takes hold of a person, it trans- 
forms him and makes his life better. Thus, society is 
transformed. When you consider what the church has don'-, 
remember it is the product of Christ, the Holy Spirit and 
consecrated persons. 


The Bible tells us that we Christians are the salt of the 
earth, the light of the world. We are in the world, but not 
of it. We, of the church must keep ourselves pure and 
unspotted from the world. We are a separated people; in 
the world as citizens of heaven, bound for the promised 
land. While here in our redeemed state, we are to be ex- 
amples of Christ, witnessing for Him, and seeking to lead 
other lost souls to Him. It is very important, therefore 
that we do all we can by close fellowship with Him, in 
prayer, study and worship, so that we can better serve Him. 
Thus, we dare not spoil our lives by attending the amuse- 
ments of sin. Millions of souls have been lost because of 
poor examples of church members — in the places they go, 
in their acts, and their actions toward fellow church mem- 

6. THE RAPTURE. Christ said that He would come 
again and take tSie church out of the world. He will take 
only those who are members of His invisible church. Those 
who became members of the earthly church without becom- 
ing members of Christ's eternal church will be left behind. 
It is spoken of in His word that "we which are alive shall 
be caught up." We shall meet Him in the air. and shall be 
forever with the Lord. A wonderful incentive to live true 
to Him. 

7. HERE AND NOW. Your church, with its doctrines 
and beliefs from the scripture is the organization which 
Christ has blessed to carry on His work. You may be able 
to serve Christ apart from a church, but it is doubtful if 
you will do a very good job of it. In the church you find 
inspiration, spiritual help, organization, vision, plans, ac- 
tivity in organized worship and witnessing. This will help 
you do God's will in your life. Not all churches, not all 
ministers are lined up with Christ: many are false proph- 
ets. These God will take care of. Be sure your church is 
a gospel-preaching church, and then pray. give, attend and 
work in it, for you are working for Christ. The Church, 
here and now, teaches you your Bible verses, shows you 
your way to eternal life, ministers to you when you are 
sick, and provides honorable burial for you when you are 
gone. Let no one run it down; let no one turn you against 
; t; don't fail it; don't turn your back on it. Give it y 
best, and you will win for eternity. 



Southeastern Ohio 

(Continued from page 8) 

it is better known today, still stands and makes its con- 
tribution to the community. 

One of the young preachers, and space will permit the 
naming of but one, who came down from Ashland College 
to Glenford following the division was John Allen Miller. 
His home was with the Deffenbaugs. Here he came in 
contact with botji groups of the church. Jason Mack and 
he often met and discussed, perhaps at times somewhat 
heatedly, the differences which looked so large at that 
time. Barber shops not being as convenient in those days 
as today, Jason Mack would come over to the home of his 
sister Mary Mack Deffenbaugh for his hair cut. When 
"Jesse" as he was called would be seen coming across the 
field on his way for his hair out, immediately it was said, 
"there will be an argument." This never failed. He and 
the young preacher Miller spared no punches in their 
discussions. When the young preacher Miller was not 
there, Jason Mack and a Lutheran Preacher by the name 
of Baugnman practiced upon one another. Jason Mack 
fared very well until the Lutheran preacher sprung Greek 
upon him. He abided his time until the young preacher 
from the College came down and the two who at other 
times argued with one another ganged up on the outsider." 

Those days were days of debates. In February, 1886, 
a discussion lasting four days was held in the Helser or 
Olivet Church as it was called, between Elder Silas Hoover, 
then Pastor of the Brethren Church, and Rev. Rufus Zart- 
man, D.D., of the German Reformed Church on the sub- 
ject of "Baptism." Large audiences attended this meeting 
and much interest was manifested. On October 12 to 14, 
1897, Elder Quincy Leckrone debated at Mt. Perry, Ohio, 
in the Disciple Church with the Pastor, Elder Thomas 
Martin. The subject discussed were "Triune Immersion," 
"The Lord's Supper" and "Feet-washing." The sessions 
were attended by all denominations and much interest was 
manifested in the subjects under discussion. 

There were many activities in the Helser church. One 
of them being along the line of Music. This was in a large 
measure due to Benjamin Leckrone, a deacon, who for 
many years taught the old time singing school and led 
the congregation in the public services. He also led the 
singing in the Greenwood church. His home was in a small 
village known as Chalfant's Station between Glenford and 
Mt. Perrv. To earn a livelihood he was the owner and op- 
erator of a small grocery store. There are many still liv- 
ing who listened to his teaching and enjoyed his leader- 

The second Greenwood church continued to serve for a 
number of years, but today it is only a memory. The 
building no longer stands and the road that went by the 
church has been relocated. The Baracha church which 
stood upon the same farm ha£ gone the way of the Green- 
wood church. The membership of the Baracha church 
uniting with the members of the Bethel church erected a 
building in Glenford, Ohio, where Services are now hell. 
The church at Mt. Perry has not existed for many, many 
years. The Goshen church is only a memory, but there 
worships in White Cottage, the descendants of the faith- 
ful of other days. A very beautiful and commodious church 

is used there by the Brethren or "Conservatives" as some 
continue to differentiate the churches. 

The Church house was purchased at White Cottage 
through the zeal and energy of W. W. Printz and remod- 
eled and dedicated on August 4, 1901. The dedicatory ser- 
mon was preached by Elder Quincy Leckrone who was 
assisted by Elijah Horn and local ministers of other 
churches. It may be stated as this is written that Elder 
Quincy Leckrone is still living and though nearly ninety 
years of age preaches from time to time. On September 
25th, 1951 the Olivet church held an all day meeting with 
a full program celebrating the 60th anniversary of his 
entering into the ministry. He preached that day using 
the same text he used for his first sermon 60 years before, 
which was "The Master is come and calleth for thee." 
Elder Leckrone's home is at Thornville, Ohio. A few 
years ago the White Cottage church underwent another 

Strangers now occupy many of the farms in the Green- 
wood-Baracha community. A generation "Who knew not 
Joseph" till the fields. More rapid means of transporta- 
tion bring members from greater distances to the present 
churches. Though the above mentioned churches no longer 
exist, they have made their Spiritual contribution, which 
does exist. After all the things that meet the eye are 
ephemeral while the unseen is Eternal. 

Troubles come through the things we let slip through 
our fingers. 

Uatfc to Hart 

OBERHOLTZER. On January 2, 1952 we buried Goldie 
Wolford Oberholtzer, wife of our Brother Harvey M. 
Oberholtzer. She died in Ingleside, Nebraska, on Decem- 
ber 27, 1951, at the age of seventy years. The Wolfords 
were well known in a number of pastorates in the Breth- 
ren Church, among which was the Lathrop-Ripon circuit, 
more than forty years ago. Surviving are her husband, 
.Brother Harvey M. Oberholtzer, and three daughters — 
Lucille, Mercedes, and Ruth; also a brother, Charles 
Swanger, all in California. Our sympathy and prayers 
go out for the comfort of those thus bereft. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 

HILDEBRAND. Mrs. Melissa Hildebrand, who became 
a resident of the Brethren's Home at Flora, Indiana, just 
a few weeks before she passed to her heavenly home, was 
born at New Florence, Pennsylvania, on August 15, 1872, 
passing away on December 18, 1951, at the age of 79 
years, 4 months and 3 days. She was a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. She was the 
widow of the late Levi A. Hildebrand. 

She is survived by her three children, Dyoll Hilde- 
brand, Mrs. Elsie Louder and Mrs. Florence Small; ten 
grandchidren and and eleven great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held in Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, on December 22nd, with Rev. Charles Munson of- 
ficiating. Burial in Hendricks Cemetery, Johnstown. 

FEBRUARY 16, 1952 


IPrayer THeeting 

IBy (5. 1. §ilmev 


Christ wants the best. 

He, in the far-off ages, 

Once claimed the firstlings of the flock, 

The finest of the wheat; 

And still He asks His own with gentlest pleading 

To lay their highest hopes 

And brightest talents ,at His feet. 

He'll not forget the smallest service, 

Humblest love, 

He only asks that from our store 

We give to Him the best we have. 

— Author Unknown. 

WE ARE NOT saved by good works ()Eph. 2:8), but 
we are saved unto good works (Eph. 2:9, 10). 
Good works are an evidence of saving faith (James 2: 
17, 18). One may have a prophet's reward, a righteous 
man's reward (Matt. 10:41), a little reward (v. 42 >, a 
great reward (Matt. 5:12), a full reward (2 John 8) in 
recognition of the energies of faith. The wages of sin 
(Rom. 6:23) may be partially received in this life (Gal. 
6:8). But, for the most part, the rewards of the Chris- 
tian are reserved for the future (Col. 3:24; 1 Peter 1:4). 
There are also rewards for evil works (Isa. 3:11; Obad. 
15; Gal. 6:7; 2 Peter 2:13). The righteous shall certain- 
ly receive their reward (Psa. 58:11; Prov. 11:18; 22:4). 
Christ will be rewarded (Heb. 1:9). The Pharisees re- 
ceived their reward in this life (Matt. 6:1-5; John 12:43). 
If we give and pray in secret God shall reward us openly 
(Matt. 6:6-21). 

There is One who represents God and man who will 
rightly judge the world and reward every man according 
to his works (Acts 17:31; John 5:22, 23; Matt. 16:27). 
Rewards were promised in the Old Testament (Isa. 40: 
10) and confirmed in the New Testament (Rev. 22:12; 1 
Cor. 3:8). For the saints the acid test of motivation for 
good works will be applied (1 Cor. 3:10-15). Those who 
have not been watchful shall lose their reward (2 John 
8). ,But the steadfast and victorious in faith shall have 
an "abundant entrance" into the everlasting kingdom of 
Christ (2 Peter 1:10, 11), 

The Scriptures speak of five crowns that may be won 
or lost (Rev. 3: 11). They are described as of gold (Rev. 
4:4). First Cor. 9:24 and Phil 3: 13, 14 speak of them 
as prizes. Those who are temperate for the sake of the 
gospel shall receive an incorruptible crown (1 Cor. 9:25). 
Soul winners will receive the crown of rejoicing (1 Thess. 
2:19 v ., Faithful spiritual advisers shall receive the crown 
of glory (1 Peter 5:4). Those who live in expectancy of 
the Lord's coming will receive the crown of righteousness 
(2 Tim. 4:8,). Those who will be faithful to God even 
unto death (Rev. 12:11) shall receive the crown of life 

(James 1:12. Rev 2:10). Some will he given a white 
stone with a new name writU.-n (hereon (ReT. 21 : 1 T j ; 

others will \x- given authority over the natior* (Rer. 2: 
26); and others will he arrayed in whit<- raiment (B 

What dispostiion will the faithful make of th<-ir crowns? 
Like the elders in Rev. 4:4 they will cast their trophies 
at His feet and "crown Him Lord of all." 

Before one can do anything for the Lord he mu«t be 
sure of his personal salvation CI Cor. 13:6; 2 Peter 1: 
10). Then he must work out an inwrought salvation 
(Phil. 2:12, 13; 2 Peter 1:5-8). He press-- toward the 
mark (Phil. 3:13, 14; 1 Cor. 9:24). He faithfully uses 
whatever talents God has entrusted to him (Matt. 5:14- 
30; Luke 19:11-26; Gal. 6:9). 

#j M<f^ 

Gowments on the Lesson by the Cditov 

Lesson for February 24, 1951 


Lesson: Mark 9:2; 10:35-40; Acts 4:13. 18-20 

THE THREE MEN we meet in our study today may in- 
deed be well called "trained and tested followers of 
Jesus," for Peter, James and John were closer to our Lord 
in His earthly ministry than any of those who made the 
choice of following after Him. 

They were His first "called" apostles, they followed 
Him more closely than any others; He took them into the 
high mountain of transfiguration with Him and they were 
permitted to "behold His glory"; two of them were mar- 
tyred for His name's sake, and one was banished to lone- 
ly Patmos. While one of them denied Him. another was 
with Him to the end and received the joy of being in- 
trusted with the care of Mary, His mother. It was Peter 
and John who spoke with "Boldness" and who. though 
arrested and imprisoned, refused to obey the demand that 
they "teach no more in this Name." and openly declared 
that they "must obey God rather than man,.'' 

But while they proved to be tried and trusted follow- 
ers in the end, the road over which they traveled was not 
always one that pointed to a triumphant victory. Many 
times they were caused to wonder if they had chosen well 
when they "left their nets and followed Jesus." It is defi- 
nitely shown by their attitudes and demands that they. 
for a time at least, altogether misunderstood the purpose 
for which Jesus came intd the world. For it was John and 
James who asked for exalted positions in what they 
thought was to be the "earthly kingdom" which they were 
sure Jesus had come to establish. But be it said to their 
credit that they did not doubt His ability to establish 
such a kingdom, but they did thoroughly misunderstand 
the real purpose of His coming. 

The test of anything is its lasting qualities. The words 



"guaranteed" and "warranted" are words with which we 
are all familiar. We feel that we have a right to expect 
such products to hold up to their advertised statements, 
and if they do not. that they will be replaced without 
question. Our Lord expects us to live up to the profes- 
sion we make before men. He "tries" us and if we are 
found worthy. He "trusts" us with certain tasks. Then He 
rightfully expects us to "deliver." 

We may find the key to those characteristics in the 
lives of these men we study today by reference to the 
words found in our Golden Text, which is taken from 
Acts 4:20. This is the reading — "For we cannot but speak 
the things which we have seen and heard." Over in the 
First General Epistle of John we find that the very first 
words he writes are these: "That which was from the 
beginning, which we have heard, which we have 6een 
with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands 
have handled of the Word of life . . . declare we unto 
you." And Peter says in II Peter 1:16: "For we have not 
followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known 
unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
but were eyewitnesses of his majesty." 

These men were tested and tried in the fire of perse- 
cution and trial and were not "found wanting." They en- 
joyed "the supreme privilege" of personal contact with 
Jesus; they mistakenly sought "selfish power" but in the 
end they "endured severe persecution" for His sake. How 
glorious when we can come to the end of our lives and 
find that "we have been weighed in the balances and NOT 
found wanting"; that we have been tried and He has 
trusted us. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

sionary Society. Other groups will be designated for the 
month of March. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King reports that twen- 
ty-seven in the Children's department of the Sunday 
School had a perfect attendance record for the quarter 
ending December 31, 1951; and that twenty-four only 
missed one Sunday. 

An additional member was 7 - eceived into the church 
fellowship by baptism on Wednesday evening, January 

Brother King also says that the Skating Party for 
adults and young people was a success, with one hundred 
and fifty present. 

A tentative announcement of the date of the Spring 
Evangelistic meetings was made as of March 16th to 23rd, 
with Rev. William H. Rice as evangelist. 

Nappanee, Indiana. The Woman's Missionary Society 
held a "Guest Luncheon on Thursday afternoon, Febru- 
ary 7th and had as their Guest Speaker Mrs. R. E. Perk- 
ey of South Bend. 

Brother Meyer reports a nice increase in Sunday evening 
church attendance. 

Peru, Indiana. We note that at the morning service on 
Pebroary 3rd, the opening program was in charge of 
the Men's Bible Class and the Children's Department of 
the Sunday School — the men taking over the devotional 

portion of the service and the children furnishing the 
special features. 

Loree, Indiana. From Brother Studebaker's bulletin of 
February 3i - d we note that certificates of membership were 
given to twenty-three persons, twenty of which were re- 
cived by baptism and three by transfer from the Church 
of the .Brethren. 

The Loree Sunday School is seeking to "push their at- 
tendance over the 20K) mark." 

Lanark, Illinois. We learn from the Lanark bulletin that 
Brother J. D. Hamel began 'his second year as pastor of 
the Lanark Church on Sunday, February 3rd. The past 
year has yielded results in a fine way under his leader- 
ship, both in the church and Sunday School. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The combined Missionary Societies re- 
cently held a meeting at the church at which time the 
Mission Study book was reviewed. 

The Annual Birthday Party of the church was sched- 
uld to be held on Friday evening, February 15th. 

We learn from the Waterloo "Brethren Briefs," their 
fine little parish paper, that Pre-Easter Servics will be 
held from April 8th to 11th, which services are to be in 
charge of the Deacon Board of the church. 

The Spring Communion date of April 10th falls within 
this period. 

Udell, Iowla. A card from Brother Deeter says, "We are 
having special services next Sunday night (February 10th) 
— having others to help in readings, songs^ etc. Sunday 
Night, the 17th r is Family night with some special feat- 
ures. Then on Sunday, March 2nd is Anniversary Day, 
with services morning and afternoon; dinner at noon. 
This day marks the 38 years since we 'first' began our 
work here as pastor. My, how 'tempusi fugits'!" 

Mulvane, Kansas. Mrs. Clarence Coleman, in sending 
a list of Evangelist subscriptions, also writes the follow- 
ing for our "interesting item" column: 

"Brother J. F. Burton has recently baptized and taken 
into the church fifteen applicants, five of these heads 
of families with their wives. Last Sunday, (January 27) 
a little baby of one of these families was dedicated to the 

"We have reached our goal of 120 in our Sunday 
School. We now have a new goal of 130. 

"Pray for our work here at Mulvane, that we may 
grow in numbers and rich in His grace." 

Thanks, Sister Coleman, keep your good reports com- 

Rags Received. Three bundles of rags were brought 
through to the Publishing House by Mr. and Mrs. Rus- 
sell Rodkey from the .Burlington, Indiana, Church; also 
two bundles came from the Wertz Family of Conemaugh, 
Penna., by the hand of Brother Arch Furry. Thanks for 
the additional rags for our press room wiping rag sup- 
ply. Such contributions are always welcome. 


February Is 


FEBRUARY 16, 1952 


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A brief report from the Loree Church. 

First, a lesson in geography. Loree is on the map, but 
has no Post Office, mayor, city council, policeman or any 
of the many things and persons that make life so com- 
plex. You may park in the heart of our business district 
as long as you like without fear of a ticket, unless it 
should be in the heat of tomato harvest, when Mr. Omer 
Conn might ask you to move your car if it was in the 
way of loading, for they shipped out 7,500 tons of toma- 
toes from this port in 1951. However that is only one of 
the various products of this fine farming community, 
which ranks at the top as a prosperous area, but the 
character, culture, faith and standards of life of the peo- 
ple composing this community is the most valuable of all 
its products 

Coming here the middle of September and hoping that 
the quiet of this lovely countryside parsonage would be 
helpful to Mrs. Studebaker, although we knew her con- 
dition was very serious and the strain and anxiety which 
a woman with her exquisite artistic taste must undergo 
in arranging a new home, was of course a burden diffi- 
cult for a person in the best of health. My wife always 
said, "I move and you go along," which has considerable 
truth. I think she would have greatly enjoyed life here 
if she could have regained her health. 

Of course our pastoral activity has been curtailed by 
home duties and also the weather slowed things down 
for a time. Now the roads are clear and we have been 
giving our time largely to our pastoral work. In Decem- 
ber we were called to South Bend for two funerals and 
each time the roads were so bad that the buses could 
hardly get through. We were snowbound for a day in 
Elkhart and reached home just in time to begin our re- 
vival meeting, which was scheduled to begin December 

By a little hitchhiking and taxi from Bunker Hill we 
reached home at 6:00 P. M. Our class of young married 
people was having its Christmas Turkey Dinner at the 
church that evening and we had about 40' of this group 
in our church as well as at the dinner. That helped great- 
ly, for I. have noticed everywhere that folks will put forth 
a little more energy to get to a turkey dinner than they 
will to hear me preach. Well, I don't blame them, my won- 
der is that as many people keep coming to the preach- 
ing service as do. 

We started this as a brief report of our revival meet- 
ing. Rev. Austin Gable, whose lovely country home is 
only a short distance north of us on this famous, "Straw- 

town Pike" (1 don't, know who named it;, wa;- our lead- 
er in music and we appreciated him very much. He i« 
pastor of our Denver and Center Chapel choichef and If 
loved by his people and is active in the Brethren Youth 
program of the district. The pastor wa.s the preacher. 
We did seriously consider deferring our meeting for bet- 
ter roads and weather, but kept going in spite of hin- 
drances. Our crowds were very encouraging when the 
roads were fair. The last Sunday night gave uh a full 
house and good interest. Another week, no doubt, would 
have been a much better week than the ten days of our 
meeting. However, it seemed to be the mind of our peo- 
ple that we had a good meeting. 

We had our baptismal service on Sunday afternoon, 
January 27th. Twenty were baptized, three were received 
by letters and one who made confession did not come for 
baptism. Of these 23 new members 17 are heads of fam- 
ilies, 6 are young people, juniors and above. The adults 
include four new families, husband and wife, the other 
9 adults are either husband or wife of members in the 
church. Others have expressed their desire to come into 
the church, so we expect this to be only a beginning of 
a harvest of souls for the church. 

The Loree Sunday School is predominently adult. For 
instance, January 20th, Attendance — 176; Young married 
people — 32. January 27th it was 38, older class of mar- 
ried folk — 31, Ladies class — 28, Men's class — 18, older 
young people who are adults — 10, with 13 teachers and 
officers counted separately, totaling 132 adults in a 
Sunday School of 176 is an unusually large percentage 
of adults. Our Sunday School is also our preaching audi- 
ence. Well, the Loree Brethren Church is at Loree, but 
the address is Bunker Hill, Indiana. It is six miles due 
south of Peru, a lovely church and parsonage in a fine 
rural community. They are very considerate of their pas- 
tor and we anticipate a very fruitful pastorate. 

CLaud Studebaker. 


Greetings from the Brethren at Fort Scott, Kansas: 

We have been without a pastor for some time, but we 
have not been idle. First we had our Hallowe'en Social 
with a good attendance. Next came our program by the 
children on Sunday before Christmas; then our election 
of officers for the year and a Christmas party and a 
Watch Night Service at the church with twenty-six pres- 

Our services are well attended considering our icy 
streets and they really were icy. Some of the farmers 
used tractors to break up the ice so their stock could 
get to the water. 

We are keeping our Sunday School, Prayer meeting 
and Woman's Missionary Society meetings regularly in 
session. We are using the prayer meeting topics found 
in The Evangelist. Last Wednesday night there were 
twelve present. One of our young girls in the first year 
of High School has signed up for being a missionary and 
we wish her every success. 

We are continuing our work and praying for a leader. 

Mrs. L. G. Wood. 




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Are you a sailboat Christian — making progress in the Lord if the 
winds are favorable? Or are you a tugboat Christian — plowing right ahead 
though the gales are against you? 


"If you trust you do not worry; if you worry you! do not trust." Have 
you found that He keeps him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on 
Him, because he trusts in God? 


Do you think as the world thinks; go where the world goes; act as 
the world acts? Does your life give evidence of having your affections set 
on things above, not on things of the earth? 


What proportion of your income last year was turned over for the 
work of the Lord? Was it at least as much as the tithe which the Jew paid 
before the grace of God was revealed in Christ? 


How much of your energy is being given to the work of the Lord? Is 
it a reasonable proportion of what you are expending in the day-by-day 
task of making a living? 


Are you by life and lip commending Christ so that He is attractive 
to those who do not know Him as a personal Saviour and Lord? Is the vote 
of your life for Him or against Him? 

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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. We quote from Brother Fairbanks' 
bulletin of January 27th: "The Primary Class of our 
Sunday School held its first class meeting last Friday 
evening at the home of James Tidwell. The children had 
a wonderful time, a 100% attendance and one visitor. 
That's a mark for any class in the Sunday School to shoot 

Miss Veda Liskey is to be the guest speaker at both 
services on Sunday, February 24th. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum reports that on 
Friday evening, February 8th, twenty-one laymen at- 
tended their regular session and that a picture of the 
group which was taken on the previous Thursday evening 
is to appear in the "Brethren Layman" the National 
Brethren's Laymen's magazine. 

The Laymen had a box social on Friday, February 
22nd. They are also practicing each Wednesday evening 
for a special number which is to be given at their Lay- 
men's Public Service on March 16th, and to be repeated 
at the Southeastern District Laymen's meeting at our 
Washington, D. C. Church on April 25th. 

Oak Hill, West Virginia. We note that Brother Arthur 
Tinkel was the morning devotional speaker over their 
local Radio station from February 11th through the 15th. 
The worship services of the Oak Hill Church are being 
broadcast for five Sunday mornings over their local sta- 

Brother Tinkel reports their White Gift offering as 

Wayn e Heights, Waynesboro, Penna. We note from 

Brother Leatherman's bulletins that there is great ac- 
tivity in the new Wayne Heights Church. We glean the 
following: "There are 14,500 bricks on the ground and 
6,500 more were soon to be delivered." The Sunday School 
Cabinet decided to conduct a Vacation Bible School dur- 
ing June and Superintendents were appointed for both 
the Home and Cradle Roll Departments. A check foi 
$200.00 was recently handed to the pastor by the same 
unnamed individual who had previously contributed a like 
amount. The following were named on the Building Com- 
mittee: F. M. Miller, Mrs. Hess, Miss Vera Laughlin, 
Charles Gift, Ennis Pfoutz and the pastor, who is an 
ex-officio member. 

Canton, Ohio, Trinity. Brother Stogsdill reports that 
Brother Donald Guittar recently built and presented some 
book shelves, which are for the use of the Sunday Schoo 

The film "Reaching from Heaven," a picture of one and 
one-half hours' duration, is being shown on Sunday eve- 
ning, February 24th. 

We note that a special "drive" is to be made from 
March 2nd to 16th for a "Tithe" offering for the pur- 
pose of helping liquidate the debt on the parsonage, 

Smithville, Ohio. On the back page of Brother Robert 
DeMass' bulletin of February 10th, appears a calendar 
of the February activities of the church. It is put up in 
regular calendar form with each activity marked in for 
the month. It is a way of making announcements that 
can scarcely be misunderstood by the congregation. 

We note that eight new members were received into 
the church on Sunday evening, February 3rd. The pastor 
and his wife had previously placed their membership in 
the church, making a total of ten additions since the be- 
ginning of the church year. 

Ashland, Ohio. We quote from Brother Rowsey's bul- 
letin of February 10th: "Thirty-five Ashland College stu- 
denets are members of this church. Twenty-three are en- 
rolled as 'student members' and twelve have been received 
by baptism or transfer, as regular members. The 'Stu- 
dent Member' plan is a new arrangement with this church 
whereby the membership in the home church is not dis- 
turbed and the Park Street membership automatically ter- 
minates when the student leaves Ashland." This gives 
the college student a feeling of "belonging." 

The Father and Son Banquet was held in the Ashland 
Church basement on Tuesday night, February 11th, and 
was attended by nearly ninety men and boys., It was a 
great success, The banquet was served by Group II of 
the Woman's Missionary Society. 

Gratis, Ohio. We note that the Marion Lawrence Sun- 
day School Class has elected officers again, keeping in 
mind that they are thus perpetuating the name of the 
famous Sunday School man, Marion Lawrence. 

Our Church joined with the other churches of Gratis 
in the service which presented the sound film "Heathen 
Rage," which was photographed by Rev. and Mrs. Sidney 
Correll of Dayton, Ohio, known by many of our Ohio 

Dayton, Ohio. We understand that there were ninety- 
three laymen present at the Miami Valley Laymen's Rally 
which was held recently in the Dayton Church. 
(Continued on page 10) 

FEBRUARY 23, 1952 


"Sunshine and K 



WE AWOKE on a recent Sunday morning to be 
greeted by fair skies and the beautiful rays of the 
sun peeking over the horizon. How good it looked and 
how glad we were that the rain and snow clouds had 
fled before the gentle south breezes. Of course, being the 
time of year it was, we did not know how long this would 
last, but we did appreciate it as we made off for the 
Sunday morning services. 

And what a difference it made with the Sunday School 
and Church attendance! Not only was the attendance large, 
but one could really detect a peculiar joy in the faces 
of the congregation as if the sunshine had found its way 
into the heart and was reflected in the expressions of 
the worshippers. It all seemed to be due to the sun shin- 
ing and the absence of rain or enow. 

As I sat in the pew and joined in the service 
It set me to thinking! 

While it is true, as it has been written, that "into each 
life some rain must fall," yet it is the knowledge that 
above the cloud the sun is still shining that brings out 
the beauty that is even to be found in the raindrops, 
whether they come in gentle shower or in a deluge such 
as we have recently experiencd. It must have been this 
thought that brought forth that beautiful sentiment in 
the hymn written by E. E. Hewett, "There is Sunshine 
in My Soul," the first verse of which hymn runs like this: 

"There is sunshine in my soul today, 
More glorious and bright, 
Than glows in any earthly sky, 
For Jesus is my light. 
There is sunshine, blessed sunshine, 
When the peaceful, happy moments roll, 
When Jesus shows His smiling face 
There is sunshine in my soul." 

But this world would be a sad place in which to live 
were there only sunshine all the time. The earth's sur- 
face would soon become dry and parched and baked. No 
crops could be grown; the sun would soon evaporate 
all moisture and in the end the earth would become un- 
inhabitable. God, in His infinite wisdom has made the rain 
to be as necessary a part of life as the sun. Together 
they work the wonders of nature. We learn from scien- 
tific reports that the "average rainfall" over the earth's 
surface varies very little from year to year. Often we 
think we get more than our share, but on the whole there 
is very little difference year after year. God knew that 
all rain or all sun was not what we needed. He removed 
the cloud from before the sun in order that both sun and 
rain might do their proper work. 

But really that is not what I started out to "think 
about." My mind was dwelling on the fact that it takes 

so little to keep people away from church and probably 
just as little to make them come to church. How •• 
often we hear the expression, "I would have \x<n to 
church this morning or evening had it not rained ju-r 
when it was time to come to church." Yet on Monday 
morning these same people will go to the office or fac- 
tory in a deluge of rain; and think nothing of it. ,But wl ■ 
approached with the thought that they could have just a 
well come to church as to go to the office or factor 
under the same conditions, they offer as their reason (o 
maybe we should say "excuse" '•• — "We have to be ther • 
at work or we will lose our jobs/' 

Of course the urge here is the preservation of materia! 
prosperity. They say that this is vitally necessary. Ther 
must "punch the clock" or "get fired." God has no cloc': 
for us to '"punch," but He does have a "record book" 
which He keeps. The pay for adherence to His cause and 
the attendance at the services of His church is not in 
dollars and cents; nevertheless there is an obligation to 
be observed arid a service to be rendered. And there IS 
a remuneration to be considered. We receive pay for ma- 
terial work, dollars which we spend and it is gone. But 
our pay in spiritual endeavor is summed up in the words 
of Jesus, "And in the end ye shall have eternal life." 

We need to remember that "rain or shine" we must b 
faithful to our obligations, and that our duty to church 
attendance can never be measured by the weather. Axe 
you a "fair-weather Christian?" 

Think it over! 

■ ■»» i 

She <Did What She Could 

It was a blustery, dreary, cold, day. Outside of an 
eating-house, on a busy street, an old lady stood with 
her hand outstretched, asking for alms. She was wrinkled, 
and her face showed that life had been anything but kind 
to her. Her clothes were poor, and the hand outheld was 
twisted and blue from exposure. 

Many passed; the rich, the poor, the well dressed and 
the shabby. A few, a very few, stopped and dropped a coin 
into the wrinkled hand. A girl of about seventeen came 
down the street. She was neatly but not richly dressed, a 
type of the many girls who work to support themselves. 
The old woman held out her hand. The young girl stopped 
and shook her head. It told the lookers-on as plain as 
words, "I have no money"; and then she noticed the bare, 
twisted, and cold hands. Without a moment's hesitat 
she drew off her woolen gloves, gave them to the old 
woman, and passed on. In her eyes was a new light, and 
those who beheld wondered. — Selected. 



rf(kut 'TttieuAt&iial rfvutcUtieb 

Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Text: "For the labourer is worthy of his hire 

Luke 10:7 

THE QUESTION of ministerial annuities is a question 
of our leadership. As is the leader, so is the church. 
Cut the nerve of the leader, and the vigor of the whole 
church is impaired; make the man at the head strong, 
the organization he guides becomes mighty. An army is 
the living expression of its general. ".Better be an army 
of deer led by a lion than an army of lions led by a 
deer." Personality counts; its quality and fiber are in- 
valuable assets. Wellington considered the presence of 
Napoleon in battle equal to a reinforcement of thirty 
thousand men. 

Even the most ardent champion of extreme Congrega- 
tional democracy must admit this. The minister may of- 
ten be no better than the men he leads; but! he is the 
leader, and whatever weakens him as a leader, weakens 
the congregation he influences and guides. Fill his heart 
with courage and hope, and the whole church is baptized 
with power. 

Upon entering the ministry a man gives up the usual 
opportunities of making money, and therewith the hope 
of possessing many of the luxuries and larger comforts 
of life, things which education and culture have fitted him 
to appreciate. These he cheerfully surrenders for Christ's 
and the gospel's sake. 

In return for such sacrifice, it is only right, if he be 
a faithful man and of fair ability, that his profession 
should afford him a living of secure and moderate com- 
fort up to the very end of his days. This was the ideal 
of our fathers and it accords with the Master's teachings, 
that the laborer is worthy of his hire. 

The average minister has before him the cheerless pros- 
pect that at the portals of old age his meager income 
will suddenly cease; and he whose narrow means have 
made saving almost impossible; having no opportunity 
to earn a living by his chosen profession, will be thrown 
into a position of humiliating dependency. Such condi- 
tions we of the Brethren Church deem unjust to the 
Christian ministry and discreditable to the church. 

Society, long committed to the principle that the old 
age of public servants should be provided for, has in re- 
cent years been giving wide extension to that principle. 
Pensions are granted today, not to old soldiers only, but 
to government employees in civil service, to veteran po- 
lice and firemen, to teachers and professors, and to em- 
ployees of many of our great corporations. It is high 
time to begin treating with more systematic and consid- 
erate care the old age of our veteran preachers. 

We of the Brethren Church believe that such provision 
would increase a minister's efficiency. To be assured that 
he had something coming to him in the day of need 
would release him from anxiety, afford him a comfort- 
able sense of security, and enable him to give an undi- 
vided mind to his great work. Relieved from the need of 
saving every possible penny against the final day, he 

might have somewhat more to spend on the necessities 
of life, the wholesome ,and abundant food that makes 
one fit for work, the decent clothing required both foi 
self-respect and the respect of the community, and the 
books that are the essential tools of the preacher's trade 

I am sure that the Brethren Church would further be- 
lieve that such a provision would tend to lengthen the 
period of his activity in pastoral service. Many denomi- 
nations are upon the one hand complaining of the meagei 
supply of preachers, and pleading with young men tc 
enter the profession, while on the other they are throw- 
ing away by scores and hundreds, fully trained and 
equipped men at the very height of their power. 

A minister at fifty years of age, if his health is un- 
impaired and if, escaping the snares of indolence, he has 
been giving his whole heart to the work of his calling, 
is worth much more to any church than he was at forty, 
immeasurably more than at thirty. If he has lost some- 
thing of youthful ardor, he has gained much more in rich-i 
ness and ripeness of mind, in practical wisdom, in ten- 
derness of heart, and in spiritual power. Yet these fun- 
damental facts of ministerial experience frequently have 
no weight with some churches; for if, for any reason, the 
minister of fifty or more loses his pulpit, he sometimes 
finds it difficult to secure another. 

Churches searching for a man of his very type Will 
often pass him by without consideration, their dominant 
reason being the fear that if they take him they may 
in ,a few years "have an old man on their hands." At 
whatever age he may have been called, it must certain- 
ly be a very disagreeable task to dismiss a worthy and 
beloved pastor simply because he is too old to serve effi- 
ciently, especially when he has no competence beyond his 
salary^ Few churches can afford to retire him on half- 
pay. It is deemed simpler to avoid all such embarrass- 
ments by choosing a younger man as minister and let- 
ting him go before he gets too old. I do not mean to 
imply that the Brethren Church approves of this policy 
of passing by men of mature strength, but I recognize 
that the condition can exist, and I believe that proper 
provision for the minister's old age will, in a measure, 
serve to rectify it. 

On the other hand, by tending to enhance the dignity 
and security of the ministerial office, such provision 
should be influential in persuading young men to enter 
the ministry. There are those who believe that the cler- 
gyman's unfortunate economic condition has had no small 
influence in withholding them from the profession. It is 
not that our youth lack the heroic spirit, the willingness 
to make sacrifices; but it is one thing to sacrifice your- 
self and quite another to sacrifice your wife and children. 
Not every sacrifice "is noble. The sacrifice which involves 
the crippling of one's powers, the narrowing of one's op- 

FEBRUARY 23, 1952 


iortunities, and the diminution of one's influence is al- 
ways of questionble wisdom. 

If we wish to secure for the Christin ministry the best 
f our young- men, we must take all possible pains to 
lake the minister's place one of dignity and genuine op- 

As I see it the Ministerial Annuities plan is a very 
erious undertaking. It will require at the outset, and it 
/ill continue to require, no small sum of money. Your 
Joard knows of no multi-millionaire who stands ready 
o start us off with a great gift. If the thing is to be 
one at all, our own ministers and churches must do it. 

I, therefore, feel it essential to the plan: 

1. That every minister for whom an annuity is to be 
rovided should himself help to provide it by regular 
ayments during the productive period of his life. 

2. That every church should be taught to regard its 
air share of the necessary cost of properly providing 
or the old age of our Brethren ministers as a part of 
;s ordinary fixed expenses. 

3. That every man of ample meant among at shook] 
be made acquainted with this fund an affording one ot 

the safest, wisest, and most profitable opportunities for 
the investment of the wealth entrusted to him. 

The problem of annuities cannot be made a mere mat- 
ter of business. It must be laid on the heart and i 
science of the church; and the church must not be al- 
lowed even for an instant to think that this plan to pro- 
vide for its own presents other than a sacred religions 
duty for it to perform. If the church raises its own mo 
and conducts its own fund, it will undoubtedly feel a 
deeply the responsibility which is upon it, and it certain- 
ly will more sincerely and devoutly rejoice when the 
money is secured by its own sacrifice and generosity. 

Our appeal must be made to Christian men and wom- 
en who look with solicitude upon the material circum- 
stances of our clergymen, who are anxious that some ad- 
vance should be made in the movement to enable the 
Christian ministry to become in fact, as it is in ideal, 
the most glorious of all the professions, offering an open 
door for wide and enduring influence.— Lanark, Illinois. 


rr I \\av2 l^ead^Tfly "Bible 7 

By Rev. A. B. Carrero 

Agent, Spanish Division, New York Bible Society 


DNCE MORE I have read my Bible from cover to 
cover. This I do every year, beginning on the first 
ay of the New Year and finishing in six or seven weeks. 
low? By reading a couple of hours each day from five 
o seven o'clock in the morning. 

In brilliant Bible light I have caught a glimpse of the 
ortals of eternity. All of a sudden I was in the midst 
f the glorious creation which the angels of God greeted 
ath joy. I stopped to contemplate the heavens and the 
arth, and the land separated from the waters, when God 
placed the sand for the bound of the sea . . . and though 
he waves thereof toss themselves, yet they cannot pre- 
ail; though they yet roar, can they not pass over" (Jer. 
:22) I witnessed the setting of the sun, moon and stars 
n the firmament, then the making of insects, birds and 
ishes, and on the sixth day the creation of Adam and 

You know the story. Our foreparents sinned against 
rod and were expelled from the Garden. It was a sad 
.ay and a terrible experience. They found consolation in 
heir children Cain and Abel, but sin grows and brings 
orth its fruit, and in consequence Abel died under the 
iolent hand of his criminal bi'other. The earth opened 
ts bosom to receive the first blood of a saint, but in 
he background of the human tragedy with effulgent 
ight shined the promise of a Redeemer (Gen. 3:15). I 
observed the depredations of the flood, and the faith of 
Joah rising above it and giving his family a glorious 
ictory. Then I listened to the confusion of mankind at 
Jabel, and soon after, the calling of Abraham as father 
>f the Hebrew race. 

The Jew became the center of true religion in the world. 
God designed Israel to be a holy nation and His own 
portion (Deut. 32:9). Unto it were committed the oracles 
of God and from it Christ descended in the flesh. I read 
with deep interest the story of Isaac and Jacob, and the 
twelve patriarchs. Then I found myself with Israel in 
Egypt, where they lived for more than 400 years. I saw- 
Moses, the great leader inspiring his people to freedom 
under the power of God who was to open a path through 
the sea. Moses led them to the borders of Canaan, where 
his successor, Joshua, took over under divine direction 
and eventually the Hebrews came into possession of the 
Holy Land. They proved to be both rebellious and stub- 
born; they "limited the Holy One of Israel'* (Ps. 7S:41): 
but they were saved because God was faithful to His 
covenant with the fathers. 

I gazed with wonder upon the tabernacle — the habita- 
tion of God with His people. I saw judges, and then kings 
— David, "the sweet singer of Israel," and Solomon, wis- 
est of men. And I saw wars, rebellions, struggle, crime 
and iniquity. Under the power of God prophets arose to 
call the people to repentance. I beheld Isaiah standing 
on the grades of the Temple, and then Jeremiah. Daniel. 
Amos and many more. Finally I witnessed the dispersion 
of the Jews, as they were scattered like leaves among 
all the nations of earth (Ezek. 6:S). 

From the pages of the Prophets I passed into "tne 
greatest story ever told." The first One I met was the 
Lord Himself, the Lamb of God and the Lion of the tribe 
of Judah, the Rose of Sharon, and God with us, Eman- 

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National Goals Program 

Rev. ]. G. Dodds, Chairman 


The Firestone Park Brethren Church of Akron, Ohio, 
has launched a program of Revival and Evangelism. The 
program contains seven phases, of which six lead to Eas- 
ter Sunday, and the seventh follows Easter Sunday, with 
the purpose of developing stronger Christian living. 

The division of time and effort is as follows: 

1. January 27 to February 10. Two weeks of intensive 
personal work among and in homes having inactive and 
irregular attending members of the Church. 

2. February 10 to February 24: Two weeks of intensive 
personal work among and in homes of which one or more 
are now members of the church. 

3. February 24 to March 9: Two weeks of intensive per- 
sonal work in the non-member homes from which one or 
more are now attending Sunday School or other services 

. our Church. 

4. March 9 to March 23: Two weeks of intensive effort 
to go out into this community reaching every home within 
a radius of five blocks from our Church. 

5. March 23 to April 6: Two weeks of intensive follow- 
up work with individuals and in homes which are found 
to be definite prospects for Christ and the Church. 

6. April 6 to April 13: One full week of definite Re- 
vival-Evangelistic services in the Church, closing on Eas- 
ter Sunday. 

7. This phase, including a continuation of the other six 
phases, adds the sponsorship of new converts by various 
workers and also a ministry of vital Christian growth — 
to the end that all members shall become loyal and faith- 
ful Church members. 

It is to be noted again that phases 1 to 6 lead up to 
Piaster, while phase 7 continues after Easter Sunday. In 
any phase when the two weeks designated are finished — 
the work in that area is not to cease and another phase 
to begin at the conclusion of former periods of the pro- 


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uel! (Isaiah 7:14; 9:ft\ He is powerful,, as we see Him 
in Psalm 45 issuing from His ivory palaces, and full of 
love and tenderness as in Isaiah 53. I find no words to 
describe His marvelous ministry; better read it yourself 
from the inspired pages of the Gospel. Soon I stood in 
horror at Calvary's cross, in happiness at the empty tomb 
on the first Easter Sunday, and in triumph at His ascen- 
sion into the heavens. Then I saw the great day of Pen- 
tecost, the missionary work of the first Christians, and 
at last the closing book of the Bible, with its divine pro- 
gram for the last days. 

Yes, again I have read my Bible from Genesis to Rev- 
elation, and thank God for this blessing! When I closed 
the Book, I gave thanks for this glorious gift. 

gram. When any two week period shall have ended, the 
work is yet to continue on into and through all other 
areas of service designated. 

At the beginning of each area of the Program, names 
are supplied by the pastor, and the Volunteer workers 
select from the list, persons with whom they will do per- 
sonal work. The Volunteer workers then become respon- 
sible for the ones they select. The Volunteers also meet 
at two-week intervals for group prayers and to receive 
assignment for the next step in the program. 

Just as "Definition of an Ideal Active Church Member," 
and "The Tithe," so is this "Revival-Evangelistic cam- 
paign" a product of meditation and prayer upon Goal 
Number 1 of our National Goals Program, "Denomina- 
tional Membership Goals/' The writer will be happy to 
receive information of programs and methods being used 
in other churches in their efforts to accomplish the Na- 
tional Goals Program as adopted by the General Confer- 
ence of Brethren Churches. 

How about a "Program of Prayer" for a Spiritual up- 
heaval in the Brethren Church! 

J. G. Dodds. 

Brethren's Home Matron 
Reports for the Home 

Greetings from the Brethren's Home: 

Another year has slipped by and again we, at the 
Brethren's Home, have much to be thankful for, and some 
things for which to sorrow. 

During the past year four of our members have been 
called home by death. We have added ten new members 
to our number. Within a few weeks we will add three 
or four more. Every room is occupied and a few rooms 
have two members. 

The past year has been filled with interesting events 
for us: 

Within a few weeks we will have redecorated all the 
bedrooms, also the dining room and kitchen has the "new 

We have had visitors from many states. We have been 
privileged to have many of our .Brethren Pastors visit 
with us and bring us words of inspiration. Brother Stew- 
art and his good wife have been a constant source of 
comfort to our Home. They come at least once a week 
for a prayer service and we love to include them in our 
social occasions. The people of Flora have been kind to 
us and the church here has been a great inspiration to 
as and very helpful. 

Our- Christmas season was wonderful again, thanks to 
all those Brethren Churches who never forget us — even 
as far west as California and east as Washington, D., C. 
Cards and packages came in great bundles and each heart 
was light and rejoiced that God's people remember. Thanks 
to you, good Brethren! 

With each birthday we have a party. We need a big 

FEBRUARY 23, 1952 


cake now, as our people now average more than eighty 
years of age. 

Our fellowship is fine and we enjoy every one who 
visits us. We always have time to visit, so please come 
and see our Home; it is your Home, too. 

Some churches have been writing and asking concern- 
ing the needs of the Home. For spring house-cleaning 
we still need curtains (2% Yards); rag rags, sheets and 
other articles that go along with the needs of any 
home. Anything that is not needed in the immediate pres- 
ent will be carefully stored to be used as soon as the 
need arises. 

With so many mouths to feed, it is taking a great 
amount of food. If any one wishes to send canned goods, 
jellies and such, we will be delighted with such gifts. 

We hope that each church will feel a very special in- 
terest in the Home and the more you support us the hap- 
pier you will be and the less we will need to rely on our 
Home Board. 

Come and visit us; see our needs; visit with our mem- 
bers and make them happy — then you will have a new 
interest in your "Home" and when you go to your home 
you will have a new vision of a special type of mission- 
ary work and your soul will be blessed. 

Mrs. Charles McDaniel, Matron. 

February 7-14, 1952 

Milledgeville, Illinois Brethren Church $ 140.70 

Morrill, Kansas Brethren Church 5.00 

Glenford, Ohio Brethren Church 13.00 

Mrs. Harvey Naugle, Windber, Pa 2.00 

Milford, Indiana Brethren Church 50.00 

Masontown, Penna. Brethren Church 26.95 

Maurertown, Virginia Brethren Church 12.00 

Nappanee, Indiana .Brethren Church 107.00 

Phyllis Gault, Glens Falls, N. Y. (Ashland Ch.) 25.00 

Wayne Heights, Penna. Brethren Church 27.50 

Brush Valley, Penna. Brethren Church 21.50 

Roanoke, Indiana Brethren Church 17.00 

Glenford, Ohio Brethren Church (Additional) . . 15.00 

Cameron, West Virginia Brethren Church .... 11.53 

Calvary, New Jersey Brethren Church 14.00 

Raystown, Penna. Brethren Church 6.15 

Tiosa, Indiana Brethren Church 17.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Duncan, Fayetteville, W. Va. 5.00 

Oak Hill, West Virginia Brethren Church 60.00 

Tucson, Arizona Brethren Church 21.55 

Gretna, Ohio Brethren Church 57.55 

Mexico, Indiana Brethren Church 38.58 

Previously reported $1,687.48 

Total to date $2,381.49 

The second crisis of salvation is something definitely as- 
sociated with Calvary. 

Prof. Bates Is Author 
Of New Text Book 

WE HAVE LEARNED that Prof. Henry Bates, pro- 
fessor of Old Testament and Hebrew in the Ashland 
Theological Seminary, has recently completed the writing 
of a new Text Book in the field of Hebrew, the title of 
which is, ".Biblical Hebrew for Beginning Students." At 
the present writing eleven seminaries, which are scat- 
tered through the eastern, central and mid-western states, 
have expressed an interest in either using this book as a 
regular text book in their classes, or as a reference work 
in these classes. 

Such a workable text book has been the subject of 
search by teachers of Hebrew for many years — a work 
which would present the essentials of the language with- 
out becoming so involved that the student is apt to be- 
come discouraged before he is fairly started in the course. 
The need has also been felt for a text book which would 
make the language as practical as possible to the aver- 
age pastor. These two things were kept in mind by Prof. 
Bates as he prepared this text. Already plans are being 
made to publish this work. 

Brother Bates graduated from the Ashland Theological 
Seminary in 1946 with the Bachelor of Divinity degree, 
and while serving one of our churches in Maryland he 
received his degree of Master of Sacred Theology- from 
the Gettysburg Seminary. He has done further work in 
other seminaries. After having served our Oakville, In- 
diana, Church for a short time, he was called to his pres- 
ent position in the Ashland Seminary in 1949. 



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KLINGMAN-EMERY. Dorothy Mae Klingman and 
James Emery, Jr., were united in marriage at the home 
of the undersigned on Wednesday evening. January 23. 
1952. The bride is a member of the Stockton. California. 
Brethren Church; the groom of the Methodist Church. 
They will make their home in Stockton, where the groom 
is employed. May God's blessing be on them as they start 
their new home. C. E. Johnson. 

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Che CDissionary Institute 

SOME .MONTHS AGO a Missionary Institute was the 
subject of a dream. Plans were discussed and the 
dream became a reality on February 5th. This Institute 
was attended by about forty people, consisting of mem- 
bers of the Missionary Board; Seminary Faculty and 
Seminary students; also two from the National Sunday 
School Association Board — H. H. Rowsey and D. B. Flora; 
two from the National W. M. S. Board — Mrs. Russell 
Rodkey and Mrs. F. C. Vanator; two from the National 
Laymen's Group — H. D. Hunter and John Golby; three 
from the Brethren Youth Board — Jerry Flora, Virgil 
Meyer and Charles Munson. 

Miss Anetta Mow of Elgin, Illinois, was invited to be 
a speaker on this program. In two morning messages 
she spoke of "Missionary Methods," and "Missionary Ed- 
ucation." Following her two very instructive messages, 
comments were made and questions discussed. 

Th<- afternoon subject, "Programs and Policies," by J. 
Garber Drushal, created a marked interest. It was a 
practical discussion with a goodly number sharing. 

The evening was given over to "The Improvement of 
our Missionary Program." The discussion was focused 
upon Publicity, Missionary Education and Recruitment. 

At the outset of the program a committee consisting 
of W. C. Berkshire, W. E. Ronk and Mrs. A. Glenn Car- 
penter, was named to study and weigh the entire discus- 
sion, with the request that they present seme recom- 

Th;' recommendations follow: 

I. It is the consensus of opinion of this Missionary In- 
stitute that the Missionary .Board of the Brethren Church 
continue and enlarge its program of education by means 

I. Another Missionary Institute early in 1953. 

2.. A forward look to and plan for Schools of Missions 
in District Conferences and local churches. 

3. Encouragement and fosternng of the more extensive 
use of missionary literature by our local churches and 
Sunday Schools. 

II. It is the sense of this meeting that the Missionary 
Hoard of the Brethren Church be encouraged to continue 
its study and preparations toward the promotion of a 
K : -neral stewardship program until such time as some 

other general board or committee at large is prepared 
to carry the responsibility. 

Ill, It is the feeling of the committee that definite en- 
couragement should be given to varous boards to follow 
out the suggestions of Dr. Drushal concerning the foster- 
ing of advisory councils such as these: 

1. Missionary Education for the Missionary Board. 

2. Recruitment for the Brethren Youth Board, etc. 
Under this plan the sponsoring board should choose 

the chairman of the council and other members of the 
council should be selected, one each by the cooperating 


In Korea, 10,000,000 men, women and children are 
homeless and destitute. Their fields have been laid waste 
— homes are in ashes, shops and factories are piles of 
rubble. These people are weary in mind and body, cold, 
hungry. It is estimated that 2,000,000 Korean civilians 
have been killed or have died because of illness and ex- 
posure since the war began. 

Over 400,000 dollars in materials have been shipped 
from Service Center, New Windsor, Maryand, to Korea. 
United Nations report the need for millions more. 

Needs — New or clean, used clothing (for men, women, 
children and small babies ; Bedding (blankets, quilts, 

Food — Canned meats, dried fruits, fats, oils, canned 

Funds — To help pay the cost of shipping and processing. 

Churches, classes, societies or families should consider 
and sent a bag or box to Service Center, New Windsor, 
Maryand. (Write today to the above address for a ship- 
ping bag). 

The chief concern of the followers of Jesus is not for 
the status quo, but for the Kingdom of God. 

Dare I really let God be to me all that He says He 
will be? 

You can never mea'sure what God will do through you 
if you are rightly related to Christ Jesus our Lord. 

FEBRUARY 23, 1962 


Awards Winners 

Ash/and Children's Bible Class 

Reading from left to right: Anne Lindower, Mrs. Carl 
E. Mohler, Judy Lersch, Bradley Weidenhamer, Charles 
Bame, Connie Mundorf and Carl K. Mohler. 

THREE AND ONE-HALF years ago there was inaug- 
urated an experiment of a Children's Bible Class 
which was to be held in conjunction with the regular 
Wednesday night Mid-Week services in the First Breth- 
ren Church (Park Street), Ashland, Ohio. Organized on 
September 23, 1948, the initial enrollment of the first 
session in October was twenty-four. This class was re- 
ported in these columns two years ago, and, while the 
enrollment has changed several times, this 'has been due 
to the fact that these youngsters have in the intervening 
period of time grown up and passed on into a different 
age group, thirteen hav ; ng been promoted into the High 
School Group which meets at the same hour. However 
there have been additional children enrolled in sufficient 
number to keep the class in a flourishing condition. The 
present number enrolled is seventeen. The remarkable 
thing is that of the enrolled number only four have been 
definitely lost to the classes. The average attendance at 
the classes has been twelve throughout the entire three 
and on-half years of the existence of the class. 

This class has met each Wednesday night of the entire 
three and one-half year period, never being entirely dis- 
missed for any cause, and sickness of an enrolled mem- 
ber has been the only excuse permitted if a full attend- 
ance record was to be attained. Some of the original en- 
rollees had misses to their record and were compelled to 
begin a second time to work up to a "perfect attendance 
record." The basis of record would seem quite severe, but 
all were treated in exactly the same manner in this re- 
spect. Attendance often caused the youngster to miss a 
cherished trip or an event which they would have liked 
to attend, but they were time to the class and their pres- 
ence thus recorded. 

The picture above which appears with this report shows 
those who have reached the "Perfect Three-year At- 
tendance Record," and those who have attained a "Two 
Year and Nine Months Record," the latter so adjudged 
because of having missed out in the first quarter. 

Those with perfect attendance are: Anne Lindower, 
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L. E. Lindowi ; ( tmnie Mun- 
dorf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Mundorf; Charles 
Bame, son of Prof, and Mrs. Donald Bame. Those with a 
two years and nine months record are: Judy Lench, 
daughter of E. P. Lersch, Ashland College Trustee, and 
Bradley Weidenhamer, son of Prof, and Mrs. Harry 

Awards were given at the end of each quartet to each 
one of the class that had attained perfect attendance 
for that quarter, as well as to those named above. This 
was followed by a One-Year Award (which a number 
who are not named have received ; then the Two-Year 
Award, and finally now this Three-Year Award. 

The class has been under the supervision of Mr. and 
Mrs. Carl E. Mohler during the entire three-year period. 
They are pictured also with the award winners above. 

This is a work which has borne much fruit and can 
be recommended to any church that can find teachers who 
will faithfully perform the arduous work that comes with 
the task. It surely pays large dividends. 

'Ghe College Chapel Diary 

As Observed by The Editor 

We sort of forgot you last week, didn't we ? But there 
was ,a reason — there was not very much additional to re- 
port. It was simply a continuation of the progress of 
completion. This week we have something to add, how- 
ever. The platform in the auditorium is completely fin- 
ished. There is nothing on the floor of the auditorium to 
obstruct the view— AND IT LOOKS LARGER THAN 
EVER. The red tile has been laid on the outer entrance 
in front, and we are given to understand that the inside 
vestibule is to be covered with cork floor. This will dead- 
en the sound of people entering during services. The stair 
rails ,are being given a finishing touch by the placing of 
wooden caps on the iron railings. 

And now the ,BIG News. The chapel will soon be in 
use for the daily chapel exercises of the College. These 
services will be held in the basement. Chairs are being 
delivered and a piano is being set in. That is what we all 
have been waiting for. Now pause and give thanks to 
God for what has been accomplished. We hope to give 
you a "peek" into the inside of the chapel next week. 
Keep your fingers crossed! 


"I am not so much concerned about having the church 
filled with people as I am having the people filled with 
the Spirit." The man who said this was a young man 
and successful preacher. He had attended a meeting the 
day before in which the whole time had been consumed 
in discussing methods to get people to church. This young 
preacher's object was to have his people "filled with the 
Spirit" as in apostolic days, and he is right. The church 
will be filled with people when the people are filled with 
the Spirit of God. We are confident that too much effort 
is made to "draw" crowds and not enough to have people 
baptized with the Holy Spirit. Crowds may mean much 
or little, while the presence of the Holy Spirit means 
much. — Selected. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Brother Whetstone says that they are very pleased to 
have so many turn out for their first Wednesday night 
"Ten Nights of Evangelism." 

South Bend, Indiana. We learn from Brother M. A. 
Stuckey's bulletins that the Brethren Youth Crusader 
Banquet was held on Sunday evening, January 27th with 
about thirty youth present. The adults served as hosts 
and hostesses. 

Plans are being made to establish a nursery under the 
balcony at the north end of the church. The major por- 
tion of the expense is to be borne by an unnamed but 
interested member of the church. 

The Laymen's Public Service Program has been sched- 
uled for Sunday evening, February 24th, and the Sister- 
hood Public Service will be held on March 16th. 

We note that seven were received into the church by 
baptism on Sunday, January 13th. 

Ardmor e Heights, South Bend, Indiana. We learn from 
Brother Porte's bulletin of January 27th, that a group 
from the Moody Bible Institute were present and had a 
part in the services of the day. 

Brother Porte says that interest is growing in the Sun- 
day evening Youth Hour and that their programs are well 
planned and executed. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother V. E. Meyer, Nappanee pas- 
tor, began a revival meeting in the Teegarden, Indiana, 
Brethren Church on Monday evening, February 18th. The 
meeting will continue through March 2nd. 

While Brother Meyer is holding the above meeting the 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha is providing the worship 
program in the Nappanee Church on February 24th and 
the Laymen will take charge on March 2nd. 

College Corner, Indiana. We quote from the bulletin of 
February 3rd: "The pastor (Brother Minegar) returned 
to his home on Thursday afternoon, January 31st. His 
condition is improving. He takes this opportunity to thank 
all for their thoughfulness." He hopes to soon be able 
to be back in his pulpit. He recently submitted to sur- 
gery in a Fort Wayne hospital. 

Thirteen young people attended the Northern Indiana 
District Young Peoples' Rally at New Paris on Tuesday 
evening, February 5th. They were escorted by Mrs. J. 
Trent and Mrs. E. Minegar. 

Loree, Indiana. We note that the Southern Indiana 
Laymen's Quarterly meeting was held at the Loree Church 
on Monday night, February 18th. The guest speaker for 
the occasion was Mr. Wolf, the coach of North Manches- 
ter College. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White reports the 
baptism and reception of six young people at the close 
of the evening service on February 3rd. We would judge 
that these came as a result of the two-week revival cam- 
paign which was recently conducted by Brother Ray 

The World Day of Prayer is scheduled for our church 
on February 2&th. 

We note that on Sunday morning, February 10th, Rev. 
A. C. Good of Sterling, Illinois, was guest speaker. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Two troups of Boy Scouts were guests 
at the morning service on February 10th, as a pai-t of 
the observance of Boy Scout Week. 

The Waterloo Laymen's Organization sponsored a "Waf- 
fle Supper" on Thursday evening, February 21st. 

Brother Gentle says that Sunday, February 3rd, "was 
a big day for the Sunday School with an attendance of 
208. It was very near our goal." 

One hundred and twenty-five people visited the par- 
sonage on Sunday afternoon and evening, February 3rd. 
A full report of this event will appear in the Evangelist 

Tucson, Arizona. From Brother Vernon Grisso's Janu- 
ary 27th bulletin, we learn that beginning on that date 
and continuing for eight Sunday nights, Rev. C. C. Gris- 
so, father of Brother Vernon, is bringing his chart mes- 
sages on the general subject, "Eight Steps from Genesis 
to Revelation Through God's Record." The charts present 
a picturesque view of the Bible. 

Stockton, California. A note from Brother Cecil H. 
Johnson tells us that he has taken the temporary supply 
of the pastorate of the Stockton Church., This will cover 
a two-month period, or up until April 1st. He will serve 
the church out of Manteca, California, where they are 
living at the present. 

Bilother Johnson is making a survey of the San Fran- 
cisco Peninsula area for the Northern California District 
Mission Board, with a view of establishing a Brethren 
Church there. He is also making the following request 
which we are glad to call to the attention of those know- 
ing of any Brethren in this area. His request reads as 

PASTORS— 'PLEASE NOTICE: Please check your 
church roll and should you have members or know of 
members of Brethren Churches living in the San Fran- 
cisco Bay area, please send the names and addresses to 
the undersigned. A survey is being made and any such 
information from anyone will be greatly appreciated. Ad- 
dress me as below: 

Rev. Cecil H. Johnson, 

615 Virginia Street, Manteca, California." 

Brother Johnson also says that Brother Charlie E. 
Johnson is making a good recovery in recent weeks and 
able to be out to the services on January 27th. We are 
glad for this report. 

The National Sunday School Association Treasurer 
®a|ysi: "White Gift Offerings have been received by the 
National Sunday School Association through February 
12th from fifty-nine churches. The treasurer now reports 
that thirty-four of these churches have increased their 
offerings over last year." Brother H. H. Rowsey, N.S.S.A. 
Treasurer asks us to remind the churches and any who 
send in White Gift offerings that such offerings should 
be made out to either him as treasurer, or to the National 
Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church, and 
sent to him, addressed as follows: 

Treasurer H. H. Rowsey, 

707 Park Street, Ashland, Ohio. 


this issue will be found the names and addresses of those 

to whom you are to send the various offerings of the 

church year. Time and again we have printed this, but 

(Continued on page 12) 

FEBRUARY 23, 1952 



7(J. SSetux/io^, 'Pio^uuh £cttt<yi 

Topic for March 2, 1952 


Acts 1:9-11; John 14:3; I Corinthians 15:51-58 

CHRIST HAS PROMISED that He would return to 
earth again. Hearts of the Christians are filled with 
hope and joy when we read scriptures, or sing hymns 
which refer to His coming. Yet, we will find many dif- 
ferent ideas as to when He is coming, and as to how. It 
is important then, as Brethren, that we search the scrip- 
tures on this matter. We can know the truth, in the mat- 
ter, for the truth is plainly written in His Word. 

1. JESUS IN THE UPPER ROOM. The night of fel- 
lowship which Jesus had with the disciples before the 
crucifixion, He told them of heaven. He told them that 
He was going to leave them, but that He would come 
again for them. He was going to prepare a place for 
them. He was going to leave the earth and return to the 
Father. In due course of time, He would return. That 
promise still holds, for we know He has not yet returned. 
Scripture teaches us that when He does return those who 
have died by that time, if they were Christians, shall be 
with Him; they shall be reunited with their bodies, and, 
with the saints alive at that time, shall be caught up in 
the air. This thought, Jesus gave to the disciples in the 
upper room. 

2. GOD'S TIME CHART. The disciples asked the Christ 
just when this event was to take place. Jesus truthfully 
said that He didn't know. He said that that time was in 
the heart of the Father and that He did not know when 
it was. He told them, however, to watch, so that they 
would be ready. Today, in thinking of the second coming, 
we divide into two ideas on the matter. Some people be- 
lieve that the Church is to bring about a world of right- 
eousness and peace, following .which Jesus will return to 
earth to reign. These people are "post-millennialists." True 
Bible-believing Brethren are "Pre-millennial." That is, 
they believe that God's time chart calls for the return of 
Christ for His saints before the tribulation; at the close 
of which Christ will return to earth with His saints to 
reign for the 1000 years of peace. 

3. THE RAPTURE. Paul, in Corinthians, speaks of the 
Rapture. With a great sound of the trumpet, all the Chris- 
tians shall see Christ in the air, and shall be caught up 
with Him. Graves of the righteous dead shall be opened 
up and the bodies raised in perfectness. Bodies of the liv- 
ing Christians in that moment shall also be changed to 
perfection. This is the rapture of the Church, and includes 
all Christ-believing people. Maybe it's a little confusing 
to hear of it being as a "thief in the night," yet to hear 
that it is to be accompanied with a great noise. To the 
Christian who looks for His coming, it will be with a 
great trumpet sound. To all church members and non- 

Christians, it .shall be aH a thief in the night. The world 
will go on as before, except that true ChristianH will be 
removed. For the time being, until the tribulation really 
gets started, life will continue for those left behind, as 
it did before. Except that the Christians will be gone. 
Children and babies who have not yet reached the age 
of understanding, will all be gone. 

4. TIME OF THE RAPTURE. Religious fanatics every 
so often actually set a date for the coming of the Lord 
for His saints. They are presuming, for Christ Himself 
said He didn't know. No one knows when it will take 
place. No one will have any warning. Paul tells us it 
will be in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. No warn- 
ing, no chance to get ready. We can easily see why 
wants us to always be ready, so that we will not miss 
that great event. If our eyes and lives are filled with the 
things of this world, and if we have no time for God; if 
we are too busy to seek His presence in daily devotion, 
then we shall 6urely be left behind. Let us remember too, 
that the rapture could take place at any moment. There 
are signs which point to the fact that it is near at hand. 
Increased sin, unrighteousness, immorality, are promised 
as conditions of life just prior to that event. 

5. SECOND COMING. Christ is coming to earth again. 
At the time of the Rapture, He comes in the air for His 
saints. All who love Him will each day watch for Him; 
each! night will be in fellowship with Him so that if He 
should come before day, that they would go with Him. 
During the seven years following the taking of the Chris- 
tians out of this world, He shall give them their rewards. 
The marriage feast of the Lamb shall take place. On 
earth, tribulation shall come. The anti-Christ shall come 
into power. The anti-Christ shall seek to destroy every 
evidence of God on the earth. The last of the Jews who 
still seek to honor God, yet having not accepted Christ, 
shall be trying to spread the knowledge of God. They 
shall be driven by the anti-Christ into the desert places 
around Palestine. When the battle seems lost, then shall 
the heavens open, and Christ with His saints, shall ride 
forth to battle against the Anti-Christ victoriously. This 
is the second coming of Christ to earth. He shall then 
set up His kingdom on the earth. 

6. WATCH, THEREFORE. Over in I John, chapter three, 
we read of His appearing. It tells us that when we shall 
see Him, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as 
He is. Then it goes on to state that everyone that hath 
this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as Christ is pure. 
Sin separaets us from God. Today is the day of mercy 
and grace from God. He is giving everyone of us the 
chance to cleanse our lives through His Son. He is giving 
Christians the chance to make things right with their 
fellowmen, and to separate themselves from sinful things. 
But, the moment the Rapture takes place, destinies are 
at once determined. If there is sin in our hearts, we can- 
not go along with Him. We should so live, young people, 
that we would not be afraid to meet God at any moment 
in our lives. If there be things in our lives which we 
know are not pleasing to Him, then let us get rid of 
them, for they will keep us from going along with Him. 
There won't be any time to ask forgiveness when we know 
He is coming. In the meantime, we are to be busy doing 
His will, and seeking to lead others to Christ and away 
from sin, so they might go along. 



Boys' Brotherhood Program 

By Rev. Percy C. Miller 


Topic: "The Conquering Individual" 

Scripture: Revelation 3:1-13 

LEADER: In our scripture lesson we had words of 
warm commendation; no words of condemnation. Jesus 
makes four assertions of Himself through the Prophet 

1. "These things saith He that is Holy." Here He claims 
to be the Holy One. There is no darkness in Him at all. 
He makes the same claim as in the Gospels, "Which of 
you convinceth me of sin!" He also confirms the declara- 
tion of Pilate, "I find no fault in Him." He is without 
spot or blemish, absolutely perfect in character. 

2. "These things saith He that is Holy* He that is true)." 
He is true in conduct. Perfect in what He is; perfect in 
what He does. The tree being good, the fruit is natur- 
ally good. The fountain being pure, the stream flowing 
from it is also perfect in purity. These are the words 
of Him who doeth all things well: "True and righteous 
are thy judgments." 

3. These are the words of Him who has the key of 
David." This symbolizes kingly authority. He speaks as 
a king, or more accurately, as THE King. "All authority 
is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Peter, speaking 
in the power of the Holy Spirit, said, "God hath made 
that same Jesus both Lord and Christ." He has absolute 
power over the individual, the church and the world. 

4. He exercises kingly power. He is not an absentee 
Christ. He is actively interested in the affairs of man. 
Nothing concerns the world that does not concern Him. 
Give Him a chance and He will change losses into gain. 
We are to accept His kingship and cooperate with Him 
in accomplishing His purpose to remake us, if necessary. 

I. Note the commendation of this holy and true and 
active king. "Behold, I have set before thee an open door, 
and no man can shut it." This means that Jesus has 
opened the door to the Church and it has passed through 
these doors for the accomplishment of His purpose. He is 
constantly opening* doors for all of us. Life for some 
seems very narrow and circumscribed.. Some are compelled 
physically to be cabined, cribbed and confined. Some are 
never permitted to get out of the sickroom, but through 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from page 10) 

still the offerings are going to the wrong people and the 
wrong addresses. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LIST. 

A correction: Brother Studebaker calls our attention to 
an error in reporting the death and funeral of the late 
Mrs. Studebaker. He states that the funeral was preached 
by Brother W. E. Ronk, assisted by Brother M. A. Stuckey 
and Brother George Pontius, and that it was not held 
at the South Bend Church. Sorry. 

never permitted to get out of the sickroom, but through 
Christ, even these are made to enjoy wide-opened spaces. 
Christ is opening up doors for His Church always. Mil- 
lions of perplexed people are gripped by a sense of need; 
not sure of what can satisfy their need. Finding that 
nothing else can — here is an opportunity, or an open door, 
for the church. How many doors stand open for our own 
church? Look for opportunities to perform Christ-like 
services in the coming days. 

II. Christ will open the doors for us^ but will not enter 
for us. He cannot; no more can He compel .us to enter. 
Cattle are herded and driven; not so with humatn hearts. 
It is the work of Christ to open doors; ours to enter. If 
we do not, we have shut the door of possibilities on our 
own faces. Nobody can defeat, us but ourselves. Just as 
the Philadelphia Church passed through the doors and 
had success, so can we, as a church, and as individuals. 
May it be said of us as it was of the Philadelphia Church, 
"Thou hast kept my word, and has not denied my name." 
Be loyal to the Word — the Gospel! 

I am one that believes that God spoke long ago and 
speaks today. We fail because we are ignorant of the 
Word of God. We make entirely too little of the Word 
of God., Much preaching and teaching leaves a wealth of 
scripture unexplored. Be loyal to Scriptures and loyal to 
the Christ of the Scriptures! "Thou hast not denied my 
name." Those deeply schooled in. the Bible will be deeply 

III. The Lord made promises to this Church of Phila- 
delphia. Opening the door we find a growing likeness to 
Christ. "I will write upon him the name of my God, and 
the name of the city of my God, and my new name." We 
then have a resemblance of Christ. Jesus also promises 
to these His keeping power. "Because thou hast kept the 
word of my patience, I also will keep thee." Christ prom- 
ised to these saints a growing usefulness. He promised to 
make of these conquerors a pillar in the temple of God. 
The Church of Jesus is not built of wood and stone and 
steel. It is built of human stuff; living stones. Jesus is 
the chief cornerstone; we a part of the church. "Him 
that overcometh will I make ,a pillar." A pillar is some- 
thing which supports; holds the church up. 

There are two classes of people in all churches: Those 
who lean and those who lift; those who support it and 
those who have to be supported. Yes, we all have these 
rich and full promises to those who enter the door Jesus 
has opened. Happy will be the church; happy will be the 
individual, who enters. 

Questions for Discussion: 

How can we help in the work of the church? 
Can we serve God outside the church? If so,, how? 
Can a church remain alive if supported only on the 
Lord's Day? 

Can we support the church at home and wreck it when 
in a strange city where nobody knows us? 

— Berlin, Penna. 

Sin is the concentration of desire upon some other force 
than God. 

Today is yesterday's pupil. 

FEBRUARY 23, 1952 


Prayer Wleeting 



Ashamed of tears? This world of ours 
Might be as well .ashamed of flow'rs, 
Skies of their stars when night appears, 
As mortals be ashamed of tears. 
For then if ever, when we weep, 
We waken who have been asleep 
And let the flood of feeling roll 
Across the desert of the soul. 

We live so much the drab, drab days, 
We walk so much life's treadmill ways, 
With heart so dumb, with mind so mute, 
We're little better than the brute. 
And then some day there comes some grief 
That only tears can give relief. 
And then the beauty floods our eyes 
That God has put in rain-washed skies. 

Ashamed of tears, when even He 

Knelt weeping in Gethsemane? 

We never see God quite so clear 

As through the prism of a tear; 

If purity we ever know, 

It is our tears that make us so; 

And only they need blush with same 

To whom emotion never came. — Selected. 

TT IS COMFORTING to think of the time when God 
shall wipe away all tears from the eyes of the saints 
(Isa. 25:8; Rev. 7:16, 17; 21:4). The coming happy meet- 
ing of Christ and His saints is called the rapture. We 
read of it in 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thes. 4:13-18-. The hated, 
persecuted and martyred saints will thus escape the 
plagues of the great tribulation (Rev. 4:1, 2), later to 
enjoy a new Heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1-4). When 
they leave this vale of tears, death and sin, the will sin, 
die, and part with their associates no more. Let us con- 
tinually keep under the blood of Jesus lest our sins cause 
us shame and embarrassment and our confidence fail when 
Jesus comes to reckon with His servants (1 John 2:28). 
Let us take warning from the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13). 
Too many Lots today are vexing their righteous souls 
in the midst of Sodom (2 Peter 2:7). Too many, like 
Peter, are warming themselves by the devil's fire (Luke 
22:56) and denying their Lord. As stewards we shall all 
have to appear before the judgment seat of Christ to 
give an accounting of our stewardship (2 Cor. 5:9^11). 
Let none be like the unfaithful steward who despised his 
Lord's talent (Luke 19:11-27). Paul, "knowing the ter- 
ror of the Lord" against slothful servants, went about 
persuading other Christians not to be like the foolish 
virgins (2 Tim. 2:15). Such Christians will have to suf- 
fer the loss of a wasted life (1 Cor. 3:11-15*. To escape 

sad tears we should be found "unblameable" a*. ChriHt's 
coming (1 Thess. 3:13). Better to have t'-ars of joy ',:•■■ 
souls won to Christ CI Thess. 2:19). 

We read in Rev. 6:9-11 where scale in Heaven are af- 
fected with anxiety over the sins of men on eartll (Rev. 
6:9-11). We know that the saints above are witnesses to 
our Christian race (Heb. 12:1), We are seen not only by 
God and the angels but also by a "great cloud of wit- 
nesses." These have joy over the conversion of one sin- 
ner (Luke 15:6, 7). The rich man in Hell had concern 
about his brethren on earth (Luke 16:27-31). Christ as 
our Intercessor grieves over our sins (Heb. 7:25; 1 John 
2:1) and so does the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30). 

But as to our tears on earth, God notices them (2 Sam. 
16:12. 2 Kings 20:5). Job wept (Job 16:20); Jesus wept 
(John 11:35; Heb.. 5:7'. The Psalmist did not weep in 
vain (Psalm 56:8). Jeremiah was the "weeping prophet," 
bewailing a wayward nation (Jer. 9:1). Paul served the 
Lord with many tears (Acts 20:19). Esau's tears of world- 
ly sorrow were in vain (Heb. 12:17). They that sow in 
tears shall reap in joy (Psalm 126:5). 


Gomments on the Lesson hu the £ditoi 

Lesson for March 2, 1952 


Lesson: Acts 4:36-37; 9:26-27; 11:19-26; 13:1-3 

PROBABLY NO GREATER designation could possibly 
be given to an individual by name and qualities than 
that given to the subject of this lesson — Barnabas, for he 
was called "the son of consolation," which is the inter- 
pretation of his name. He proved to be worthy of such 
a characterization by all of the dealings which he had 
with those with whom he came in contact throughout his 
entire life. 

I once heard the late Dr.. William H. Beachler speak 
upon the life of Barnabas and one sentence which has 
always stayed with me was this, "If Barnabas was mar- 
ried, his wife never needed to be ashamed to introduce 
him to anyone." He implied thereby that the wife, because 
of their close .association, knew him for what he really 
was and with such knowledge she never had need to cover 
anything in his life and could introduce him to anyone 
with joy and never have cause to be ashamed of wha1 
he had done or would be doing in the future. 

The designation, "son of consolation" has also been in- 
terpreted as "the encourager." In our lesson today this 
would seem to be the better word, for it is doubtful if 
Saul, after his rebuff by the Damascus Christians and 
the cool reception he had received at the hands of the 
Christians in Jerusalem, which came after his introduc- 
tion by Barnabas, and which rebuff and cool reception 
undoubtedly caused him to return to Tarsus, would have 
gone on with his appointed task as soon as he did. had 




it not been for the encouragement he received at the 
hands of Barnabas. For it was Barnabas who became the 
"key-man" in the advance of the work at Antioch, and 
it was he who thought to "depart to Tarsus for to seek 
Saul" and bring him to Antioch. 

Barnabas is in the background so much that we forget 
that he was the one who gave the first urge to the Chris- 
tians living together in peace and harmony and sharing 
their goods with one another. It was recorded first of all 
of him that he "having land, sold it, and laid it at the 
apostles' feet." It has been said that, "The philanthropist 
evokes our admiration. We praise him while he lives and 
build monuments for him when he dies. The generous 
citizen, however small his resources, is the beloved citi- 
zen. When we hear of his gifts and services we are proud 
of him. There is magic in the tenderhearted and bounti- 
ful hand. It lays a spell upon us all . . . It is easy to 
believe that that kind of a man is God's kind.'." Such a 
man was Barnabas. He was one who j did not care to "let 
his right hand know what his left hand was doing." He 
sought no notoriety. His motto surely must have been, 
"God first; others second; me third." 

It might be well for us to note in passing that when 
the missionary journies were first inaugurated the men 
involved were spoken of as Barnabas and ' Saul. Later, 
when Saul became Paul, it was recorded as Paul and Bar- 
nabas. It reminds us of the words of John the Baptist — 
"He must increase, but I must decrease." Gradually Bar- 
nabas seemed to pass out of the picture, but we should 
remember that it was he who furnished the "encourage- 
ment" that has sent Paul on and on in his great mis- 
sionary endeavors. 

One more thing. Let us remember it was Barnabas who, 
when Paul would send Mark away as an incompetent lad, 
took that same boy and encouraged and trained him, with 
the result that Paul was compelled to say at last to 
Timothy, "Bring Mark with you, for he is useful to me 
for ministry." 

Barnabas — comforter, consoler, encourager, humble fol- 
lower of the Master. What could one ask more as a char- 
acterization ? 

Try the satisfaction of religion. Come to church. 

£ath to &? at 

SARGENT. Daniel Sargent was born in Cornwall, 
England, May 11, 1867 and passed to his eternal reward 
January 7, 1952. He came to the United States when he 
was about fourteen years of age. He was married to 
Jennie Lichty of Morrill, Kansas, June 3, 1894. In 1924 he 
and his son opened a Jewelry store in Falls City, Nebras- 
ka. He continued in the store with the son as long as 
health permitted. He was a life-time member of the 
Brethren Church. Immediate relatives remaining are his 
widow, Mrs. Jennie Sargent, a son, Allan D. Sargent; a 
sister, Mrs. Etta Jasper, Cornwall, England; and a 
brother, George Sargent. Services were conducted by the 

H. E. Eppley, pastor. 


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Just a few lines to keep the brotherhood in contact 
with the activities of the North Georgetown Brethren 

On December 2, 1951 we observed the Fiftieth Wed- 
ding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie R. Mountz. The 
morning service was dedicated to this couple who have 
been faithful to the Brethren Church here through the 
years.i The church presented them with a nice gift on this 

The Junior Woman's Missionary Society held their Pub- 
lic Service on December 9, 1951. Miss Veda Liskey was 
the morning speaker. She brought a very interesting 
message at this hour and then in the afternoon she 
showed her very interesting and instructive colored slides. 
We were glad to have her with us for the day and re- 
ceived real inspiration from her message, as well as 
from her pictures. 

The Signal Lights are doing their part for missions 
in our church. This is the second time within the past 
year that they have given $10.00 for the establishment 
of new churches. Miss Marjorie Stoffer is the leader of 
this splendid young group. 

The Sunday School reports have been encouraging. The 
last three Sundays in January we have had about 90% 
of our Sunday School membership present, with an av- 
erage offering of about fifteen cents per member. The 
superintendent, Otis Stoffer, has set the new Sunday 
School Goal for "102 through '52." The Annual Publica- 
tion Day offering shows the general trend of the increase 
in offerings here. In .1950 it was $21.03; in 1951 it was 
$55.00; in 1952 it was $80.00. Offerings are certainly not 
the only standard to U6e to judge a church's program, 
but they do tell their own story. 

February begins the third year of our student pastor- 
ate here among these fine people. We feel that advances 
are being made in every phase of the work, for which 
we are glad; but we are quick to add that we do not 
deserve the credit for this. We are only humble servants 
trying to do the Master's will — therefore, these people 
and the Master deserve any credit or praise that might 
come our way. 

Robert L Hoffman, pastor. 

(South Bend) 

Our church at Ardmore rejoices in the many blessings 
of our Wonderful God and His Son, our Savior and Lord. 
Perhaps our greatest reason for rejoicing is the prayer 
grouj so faithfu land earnest in intercessory prayer. 
During the past two years the definite work of the Holy 
Spirit has been clearly manifested and has resulted in 

FEBRUARY 23, 1952 


definh a consecration of life to God and confession of sin. 

On Sunday, December 2nd, our evangelistic meetings 
began. It was a definite leading of the Holy Spirit that 
we secui-ed Rev. W. A. Pierce of Muskegon, Michigan, 
to be cur evangelist. Rev. Pierce is superintendent of the 
Rescue Mission. His messages rang with the theme of 
repentance and confession of sin. We had a revival and 
five persons received by baptism into the church. There 
were five other people baptized and received into the 
church at Thanksgiving time, making a total of ten ad- 
ditions, and twenty since April 25, 1951,. There is a defi- 
nite new spiritual atmosphere and response to the Gos- 
pel of our Lord among the people. Our hope of the fu- 
ture is a happy prospect. 

On Sunday, January 27th, our people had the pleasure 
of the ministry of four senior students from Moody 
Bible Institute. Their efforts were marked by a clear 
call to full repentance and devotion to God in Christ Je- 
sus. The movement of the Holy Spirit was clearly man- 

The Pastor is glad to report a high appreciation of 
Spiritual things among the cogregation. True, we have 
not reached as high as we want to, but the rising tide 
of devotion to our God and His Son is here manifested. 
The offerings have been amazing to the Pastor and with- 
out any undue pressure from human sources. Our prayer 
is that the people of our church and the community shall 
see only the uplifted Christ and hear only the voice of 
the Holy Spirit. If this report sounds like boasting, I 
hope it is boasting only in the Lord Jesus. 

R. F„ Porte, pastor. 


Evangelistic services were conducted in the Falls City, 
Nebraska, church from January 13th through January 
27th. For once little could be charged against the weath- 
erman. There was some cold weather but no rain or ice 
and only enough snow one night to see the next morning. 
The weather on the closing day could be pronounced ideal 
for the time of year. 

Brother H. D. (Bud) Hunter of North Manchester, In- 
diana, was the song leader. His service is always pleas- 
ing, helpful, and satisfactory. He sang a solo at nearly 
every service. 

"Bud" was guest of the Eppleys while here. To have 
him in the home is always a pleasure. The members of 
the church invited the three of us out to noon-dinner 
every day but one or two, when we requested of them 
that we be allowed to stay home. The "eats" were so 
profuse that "Bud" was compelled to take frequent walks 
as a safety measure. 

Results ? God gives the increase and it is always that 
which is needed and best. Without doubt there were 
results which no human eye could see. The results as 
seen were seven reconsecrations. These wei'e all adults. 
The writer did the preaching and I know he was helped 
by witnessing out of God's word. 

Mrs. Eppley presided at the piano during each service. 
What a help it is to know the pianist will be at her 
place regularly. 

The laymen of the church prepared a supper in honor 

of "Bud," our National Laymen President, on Saturday 

evening the 12th. The fellowship was great and the men 
were given much timely and valuable advice by Brother 

Hunter. A delegation of men from Morrill, Kansas, met 
with us. 

A farewell dinner was served at the church following 
the morning service of the closing day. Another rich 
experience in Christian fellowship along with plenty to 

On Friday night, January 25th, President and Mrs. 
Glenn Clayton and the Missionary Secretary elect, W. 
C. Berkshire, dropped in on us just as we had finished 
the second installment of pictures of onr Kentucky Mis- 
sion work. They were welcomed, presented, and each 
spoke to the audience briefly. 

The Future 

Plans have been completed whereby Rev. Walter A. 
Pierce, Superintendent of the City Rescue Mission of 
Muskegon, Michigan, and President of the Chicago Dis- 
trict of the International Union of Gospel Missions, will 
lead us in two weeks of service beginning March 30th and 
closing on Easter day. 

H. E. Eppley, pastor. 

A wealthy Christian lady wa6 one day passing along 
a street when she saw a little ragged, shoeless boy gaz- 
ing wistfully into a boot-shop window. Being very much 
struck with the boy she went up to him and asked him 
why it was he looked so wistfully at the shop window, 
and he said: "Please, mum, I was just prayin' that God 
would send me some boots." 

So that lady took the boy into the shop and got some 
water, knelt down and washed the boy's feet. 

Then she sent for stockings, put these on the boy's feet, 
and bought him a pair of boots. Then the boy, amazed at 
what had been done, looked up into the kind woman's face. 
and said: "Please, ma'am, are you Christ's wife?" — Luth- 
eran Colporteur. 


Ashland College needs a man and wife to 
live in apartment on Campus and work for 
the College. The man would do janitorial and 
maintenance work and should be handy with 
tools in doing minor rejair jobs. 

If the wife should desire work, it can be ar- 
ranged. Will you not help us find a Brethren 
couple who would be willing to fill this posi- 
tion? We need the help badly and the work 
would constitute a real Christian service to 
your Brethren College and denomination. 

For salary and particulars write to Ashland 
College, care of A. Glenn Carpenter, Business 





Since there still seems to be considerable confusion as 
to the proper ones to whom to send the various offerings 
of the year, we are again making a list of the names 
and addresses of those to whom these offerings should 
be sent: PLEASE! Please! and again Please! clip this or 
make a copy of it and file it where you will have access 
to it and make checks to the ones listed and send to the 
address given. 


Make checks to Ashland College, and send to Ashland 
College, Ashland, Ohio, and mark on Envelope "Educa- 
tional Day Offering." 


Make checks to the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church, and address Missionai-y Board of the Brethren 
Church, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 


Make checks to H. H. Rowsey, Treasurer of National 
Sunday School Assn., and address to Rev. H. H. Rowsey, 
Treasurer, 707 Park Street, Ashland, Ohio. 


Make checks to The Brethren Publishing Company, and 
address The .Brethren Publishing Company, 524 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 


(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 
Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and ad- 
dress Rev. L. V. King, 1101 Middlebury Street, Elkhart, 



Make checks to The Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church, and address The Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

These are the stated offerings of the various Boards 
of the Church, and are authorized by the General Con- 
ference of the Brethren Church. 

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others, any practice that is not in keeping with a Holy 










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Ghildren and T/te Snow 

H. A. Gossard 

(The following poem was suggested to me during a 

winter very similar to the one now visiting eastern, mid- 
western and northern states ... I think folks might well 

take it much like children took it then and are taking it 
now . . . Why worry about it ? ) 

It's blowing here; 
A storm I fear; 

Ice-armored trees sway, writhe and crack; 
And sparrows fly 
To shelter by 

The cypress and the stack . . . 

The day is done — 
The fading sun 

Casts o'er the land a misty frown; 
Crows woodward fly, 
Clouds hide the sky; 

And not a star shines down. 

Thru all the night 
Winged fairies, white, 

Dance over stream, and field, and town. 
While children sleep 
Snow-drifts grow deep, 

And Winter dons his gown. 

But, right at morn 
The Wind his horn 

Stops short; winged fairies cease to fall. 
The sky grows clear 
While children cheer, 

And roll from flakes a ball. 

Hip, hip, hurrah! 
They speed away 

To seek a hill on which to slide — ■ 
"Old Winter's king!" 
They gaily sing, 

And cast all care aside. 

Thus children play 
With Nature's way: 

They sleep, they wake, with Nature's smile; 
Tho dark the night, 
They dream of light — 

Naught can their joys beguile. 

I would go back 
That time-worn track; 

Back to my days of youth I'd go: 
There — warbling lays 
In childhcood ways — 

With playmates romp in snow. 

But I recall 
That nearly all 

Have crossed the stream to come no more: 
And looking back 
Time's billowed track, 

I see few on the shore. 

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Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. The Woman's Missionary Society 
Public Service was held on Sunday morning, February 
24th, with Miss Veda Liskey as guest speaker). The Sis- 
terhood had charge of the evening service on the same 

Brother Fairbanks reports that the young people's at- 
tendance is climbing higher at the evening services. They 
are planning at the present time for their future activi- 

Twenty-six children were present at the Valentine 
Party which was held on Friday, February 15th. This 
party was sponsored by the Youth Committee of the 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum writes, "Quite 
an epidemic of 6o-called flu in this section of Maryland. 
However, last Sunday (February 10th) we had one hun- 
dred and thirty-nine in Sunday School, with a Building 
Fund Offering in the school of $87.50. There was also a 
good audience for Miss Liskey at the evening hour." 

A Correction*. Brother Ankrum writes concerning an 
error in date which is to be found in his historical ar- 
ticle on "Southeastern Ohio," found in the issue of the 
Evangelist dated February 16th. He says that on page 8, 
line 7, the date should be 1855 instead of 1815. We are 
glad to call this to your attention and if you are filing 
these historical articles for future reference, we would 
suggest that you make the proper notation in this article. 
Do it now while it is fresh in your mind. We have made 
such correction in our "file numbers" here. Thank you, 
Brother Ankrum, for calling our attention to this error. 

Meyersdale, Penna. We note that Brother Benshoff is 
still running an outline of Bible Study in his weekly bul- 
letin, covering the material which is used in their mid- 
week service. The attendance and interest is increasing. 
They are studying the various books of the Bible. Just 
now they are deep in the prophetical section with the 
study centering around Isaiah. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna*. The Valley Church 
has as guest speaker on the evening of February 10th, 
the Rev. Wilfred! M. Kastener, Baptist minister of Mt. 
Pleasant, Penna., who spoke in the absence of Brother 
Keck, who, with Mrs. Keck were guests at our Union- 
town, Penna,y Church. Mils. Keck was the guest speaker 
at the Uniontown W. M. S. Public Service. 

Brother Keck writes us as follows: "Rev Benshoff of 
Meyerdale read about the slides of the Brethren's Home 
in the Evangelist and drove here through a snow storm 
on Monday to get them. He wanted to be sure to be the 
first to use them." Remember — Brother Keck is glad to 
"loan" these slides to any church, but be sure to follow 
instructions Which are to be found in the Evangelist of 
February 9th, page 8. 

Johnstown, Penna., Third. Brother A. R. Baer's "Open 
Letter" to his congregation found its way to the Editor's 
desk and we learn that the month of March has been 
set aside as "Loyalty Month." During this period and 
on through Easter, a drive is being made for regularity 
in attendance and loyalty to the entire church program. 

Berlin, Penna. We note from Brother Percy Miller's 
bulletin that Union Lenten services are being held in the 
city on Sunday evenings from March 2nd through April 
6th. Two of these services are scheduled for our church 
— March 16th and April 6th. Brother Miller is to be 
speaker at the services of March 9th and 23rd. 

Pittsburgh^ Penna. The Laymen of the Pittsburgh 
Church were scheduled to meet in an organizational ses- 
sion on Monday evening, February 25th. At the time of 
the bulletin's printing the number of charter members 
was reported as eleven. 

We learn that the average attendance at the morning 
services during the month of January was sixty-four. 

Brother Alvin Grumbling, Pittsburgh pastor, was re- 
cently elected as President of the Lawrenceville — Bloom- 
field Ministerium for the year of 1952. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. The Boys' Brotherhood 
Public Service was held on Sunday evening, February 17th. 
We note from Brother Dodds' bulletin that the Boys' 
Brotherhood observes the third Sunday of each month as 
"Fisherman's Sunday," and the fishing is not done with 
a "hook and line" but by prayer and an endeavor to 
"catch boys." 

The Firestone Park Church has renewed its 100% 
Evangelist list by sending in sixty-six subscriptions, a 
number of which are new ones. 

A.s-hlandi, Ohio. A senior in Ashland College transferred 
her membership from another denomination to the Ash- 
land Church, being received by baptism and confirmation 
on Sunday, February 17th. 

The Park Street Church joined the other churches of 
the city in the observance of the World Day of Prayer 

(Continued on page 10) 

MARCH 1, 1952 


ike ministry of Kindness 

THE NIGHT IS FAR SPENT— the day is at hand; this 
day; God's day; my day; your day; our day. The best 
day the old sun ever shone on — clearer light than ever 
before. Love, Christ's love, more universally possessed 
and more perfectly demonstrated in human society today., 
this day in which we now live, than throughout all the 
centuries of the past. 

Kindness, that pearl of all the sweet graces, is more 
universally practiced. Men begin to recognize that to be 
kind is to be kingly. Kindness, so shy, so unobtrusive, 
and yet God's most winsome daughter. We seek men's 
souls to save them and this modest handmaiden of God 
becomes our silent partner, and yet the strong, all-con- 
quering one. 

The above two paragraphs were written by a minister 
way back in October 1906, and he wrote them in all sin- 
cerity, feeling that at that day we had reached the es- 
sence of what he calls "The Ministry of Kingness." What 
would he think if he could look in right now on the state 
of the world? Would he still write that "Christ's love is 
more universally possessed and more perfectly demon- 
strated in human society this day, than ever before," or 
would he be compelled to come to a far different conclu- 

Rut the remainder of the article carries a message which 
is still, or should be, the urge that sets the direction of 
our "ministry of kindness." We continue with this "min- 
ister's article": 

An anonymous writer once wrote me as follows: "Kind- 
ness has won more souls than zeal, eloquence or learn- 
ing, and these three never won a soul unless they were 
kind, too." How well that is was signed "Anon," this 
heaven-born, heaven-sent message! Life to many of us 
is so busy, so hurried, so strenuous, that we are apt to 
overlook the little things, which, after all, are the great 

We are prone to count it a waste of time to stop long 
enough to be kind; and yet these little acts of kindness 
fill earth's most beautiful and fragrant flower gardens. 

That kind, gentle, loving mother, how sweet her mem- 
ory still! No face so beautiful, no voice so sweet, no 
touch so gentle, and yet no earthly power so potent for 
good in our lives. 

They tell us of a young man who lay sick in a hos- 
pital during our Civil War. Of how his mother traveled 
miles to reach his bedside, and how she was admitted only 
on condition that she should not touch or speak to him, 
and to remain with him only so long as he was asleep. 
She took her place by his bedside and bravely tried to 
keep her word, only to look at him; but the mother-feel- 
ing was too strong, so she laid her soft hand gently on 

his hot, feverish forehead, when he started up and ex- 
claimed, "Mother! Mother! Where is my mother? I 
her hand on my forehead!" The mother-touch can no*, 
duplicated or counterfeited. It is the touch of kind;. 
The likest earthly touch to the mighty silent touch of 
God. It costs very little to be kind, hut it brings in big 

Yes, it costs nothing to be kind; but it costs much to 
be unkind. Kindness is often taken as a matter-of-co . 
and to be expected. On the other hand an unkind act is 
immediately noticed and the action becomes a blot on the 
life of the individual. 

Rishop Ninde once said to a traveling companion, "If 
you stop but to help a lame dog over a stile, you shall 
not fail of your reward, for it is the Christ-spirit that 
prompts us." Many of us may have but one talent, and 
yet all of us can be kind. There are so many opportuni- 
ties for us all at home, and in the society of other folks. 
Do you appreciate kindness? Well, so does your fellow- 
man. It was the kindly, benevolent spirit of Abrahan: 
Lincoln which caused the whole world to love him and 
drape itself in mourning when he was assassinated. There 
is so much unkindness and cruelty in this old world. 
Rouse ye and go forth, "Scattering seeds of kindness for 
your reaping by and by." 



Some years ago a band of brigands attacked the home- 
stead of a Manchurian farmer named Tung. They tied 
him up, burned his home, and carried off his property. 
Tung, who was an humble Chinese Christian, did no. in- 
form the authorities. He bore his loss, restored his home, 
and went on with his work. About two years afterward 
he met in the city one of the robber band, who seeing 
that he was recognized, begged for mercy. Tung said. 
"I do not bear any grudge against you. Tell me about 
yourself." The man, hardly believing his ears, told the 
story of his troubles. His feet were frostbitten, he owed 
money at the inn, but had none left, and he was in need 
of food. "Well," Tung said, "go back and get some food." 
and he gave him some money, adding. "Go back and pay 
your account if you can, I will call for you tomorrow and 
take you to the hospital." The man. who feared that be- 
hind his generosity there must be some plot to capture 
him, would fain have run away in the night, but found 
it impossible, his feet were so bad. Next day Tung cs ~ 
for him in his own cart and took him to the hospital, 
saying to himself, "Perhaps he will learn of Jesus as I 
did, and will come out a different man." And he did. — 
Missionary Review of the World. 





esus Is 




CAN WE BE CERTAIN that such a momentous event 
as the Second Coming of Christ will actually take 
place ? For those who accept the authority of the Bible 
there can be no hesitancy in the matter; from beginning 
to end the Sacred Volume presents a harmonious and con- 
sistent teaching on this subject. 

We recall God's statement in the Garden of Eden con- 
cerning One who should bruise the serpent's head, also 
Enoch's prophecy of the Lord coming with ten thousand 
of his saints to execute judgment upon sinners. (Jude 14). 

Job expresses his belief thus, "I know that my Redeem- 
er liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon 
the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this 
body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see 
for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; 
though my reins be consumed within me" Job 19:25-27. 

As Job is probably the oldest Biblical writing extant, 
this testimony is of value in showing that from the very 
beginning men knew and believed in a Redeemer who some 
day should stand upon the earth. 

David adds his testimony by saying, "Our God shall 
come, and shall not keep silent: a fire shall devour be- 
fore Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about 
Him." "Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad : 
let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be 
joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of 
the wood rejoice before the Lord: for He cometh, for He 
cometh to judge the earth: He shall judge the world with 
righteousness, and the people with His truth." Psalms 
50:3; 96:11-13. 

The apostle Paul says, "Our conversation is in heaven; 
from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus 
Christ" Philippians 3:20. He was "looking for that blessed 
hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and 
our Saviour Jesus Christ" Titus 2:13. ( "For the Lord Him- 
self shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the 
voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God" I 
Thessalonians 4:16. 

Peter says of himself and his co-workers, "We have 
not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made 
known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus 
Christ" II Peter 1:16. Speaking directly of the Lord's Sec- 

This Same Jesus 

/ / 

and coming, he says, "There shall come in the last days 
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying 
Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fath- 
ers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the 
beginning of the creation." "The Lord is not slack con- 
cerning His promise, as some men count slackness . . 
But the day of the Lord will come" II Peter 3:3, 4, 9 and 

John says, "Behold, He cometh with clouds, and everj- 
eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and 
all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Ever 
so, Amen" Revelation 1:7. 

Christ Himself affirms, "The Son of man shall come 
in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He 
shall reward every man according to his work" Matthew 

To these we could add the many statements in the Gos- 
pels concerning the coming of Christ in glory. There are 
more than fifty references in the New Testament to this 
event. This stamps this doctrine as one of great import-' 
ance. No one dare neglect a teaching made so prominent 
in the Scriptures. 

If any should question the certainty of the actual com- 
ing of the Lord, we would answer that there is no doc- 
trine in the Bible that stands on a surer foundation. Ii 
we believe in the Scriptures at all we must believe in the 
return of the Lord at the end of time. As He once came 
to earth in Bethlehem, so He shall once more come, the 
next time with power and glory to judge the world. 

Christ correctly describes the condition of the work 
today when He speaks of "men's hearts failing them foi 
fear, and looking after those things which are coming or 
the earth," after which, He says, they shall "see the Sor 
of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory' ? 
Luke 21:26, 27. 

These sayings of Christ clearly reveal that, immedi- 
ately preceding His return, men will be aware that some- 
thing of unusual importance is impending. At this time 
there shall be "upon the earth distress of nations, witr 
perplexity" — a meaningful expression. We do not know 
all that is involved in the phrase "distress of nations,' 
but it must include a fearful anxiety to which they see 
no solution. We can think of no more apt description thar 
this condition in the world today. Even those govern- 
ments that are reputed to be strong are anxiously won- 
dering if their preparations are sufficient, and so an 
making feverish haste and effort to strengthen them 
selves still more. 

On every hand we hear of the collapse of civilizatior 
should another war come. People talk of Armageddon, e 

MARCH 1, 1952 


Biblical expression that denotes the last battle that will 
ever be fought. We hear cautious expressions from men 
in high positions that the end of the world may be at 
hand. Even wicked men are conscious that the times are 
very unusual, "their conscience also bearing witness" 
Romans 2:15. There is left "a certain fearful looking for 
of judgment" Hebrews 10:27. 

Meanwhile God's people "are not in darkness" that that 
day should take t^hem "as a thief" I Thessalonians 5:4. 
They have read of the signs that are to precede the ad- 
vent. They have seen them fulfilled. With them there is 
no uncertainty. They have "a more sure word of proph- 
ecy," whereunto it would be well to "take heed, as unto 
a light that shineth in a dark place" II Peter 1:19. To 
them there could be nothing surer than Christ's promise, 
"I will come again." On that promise we rest. — "Signs 
of the Times." 

To this above article may we add but this word, the 
Christain has even more to look forward to than the 
"Second Coming of Christ to the earth." We look for 
and should be preparing for an event which has even 
greater significance than the arrival of the Lord upon 

the earth. Wo should be looking for an event which, pro- 
ceding the "second event" l>y some time, givoH added joy 
and hope to the earnest Christian — the glorious corning 
of Christ FOR HIS SAINTS, where we to "meet 
Him in the air" to be taken from this world of doubt, 
anxiety and fear, to be forever with the Lord. 

What wonderful consolation and joy we .should get 
from the promise which is to be found in the Written 
Word, given by God Himself, fostered by the Spirit and 
written clown by Paul — "For if we believe that .]• 
died and rose. again, even so them also which sleep in 
Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you 
by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and re- 
main unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them 
which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend 
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, 
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall 
rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be 
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the 
Lord in the air: ,and so shall we ever be with the Lord" 
II Thessalonians 4:14-17. Well does Paul close this great 
chapter with these words, "Wherefore comfort ye one an- 
other with these words." 

New Testament Doctrines 

Believed and Practised by People Called Brethren 
By L. O. McCartweysmith 
'Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." 

Cardinal Doctrines of the New Testament, published in 
the September 29*h and October 6th (1951) issues of the 
Brethren Evangelist, the great confusion occasioned by 
the presentation by denominationalism of its various 
modes of baptism was stressed, calling attention to the 
obvious fact that all of these, excepting the mode of 
Triune Immersion, were spurious; and that these false 
forms of baptismal modes originated, not in the mind of 
God, but in the minds of men and should not be toler- 
ated as being worthy of administration .by any congrega- 

It is difficult to comprehend just how denominational- 
ism anticipates converting the heathen nations, and bring- 
ing the millions of unsaved men and women in our own 
country to a knowledge of the saving grace of the Lord 
Jesus, when it is so widely separated in its belief and 
practices, particularly relating to the ordinance of bap- 
tism, the Lord's Supper and other great Biblical Doc- 
trines. Contemplation of the confusion brought about by 
one group teaching that sprinkling or pouring water upon 
people desiring baptism is scriptural; others claiming 
that dipping a candidate one time backward is Christian 
baptism; while we as the New Testament Church, present 
Triune Immersion as true apostolic baptism, brings to 
our minds the statement of the apostle Paul to the Cor- 
inthian congregation that "God is not the author of con- 
fusion" (I Cor, 14:33). 

Furthermore: we read in Ephesians 4:5, "One Lord, one 
faith, one baptism" (OG — one dipping). Here it is clear- 

ly shown that Triune Immersion is Christian baptism. 
The preceding quotation does not say "one sprinkling" nor 
"one pouring" nor "one backward dip"; but emphatically 
states in the original Greek, "One Lord, one faith, one 
dipping." This is also in complete agreement with Christ's 
great commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, "Go, dis- 
ciple all nations, dipping them into the name of the Fa- 
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." 

We shall consider: I. What baptism is: and II. The pur- 
pose of baptism. As members of the New Testament 
Church we Brethren should know beyond any shadow of 
doubt just what Christian baptism is, and what God de- 
signed it for. We may know the answers by carefully 
considering God's Holy Word. 

As expressed by the apostle Paul, the most learned of 
all apostles, in Romans 6:3-11; Col. 1:18; I Cor. 12:13: 
and by Peter in Acts 2:38-41, we learn that baptism is: 

1., The burial of the "old man" of sin. 

2. A planting in the likeness of Christ's death. 

3. The resurrection from the old life, to walk in new- 
ness of life. 

4. The new birth, or new creation in Christ Jesus. 

5. It is an apostolic requirement for church member- 

6. Baptism is for the remission of sins. 

First. Baptism is the burial of the "old man" of sin. 
In every burial there must first be a death. Before Christ 
was buried He was crucified. In like manner there must 




be a crucifixion in the life of every Christian before he 
is buried by baptism, for wo read in Romans 6:6, "Know- 
ing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the 
body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should 
noc serve Bin." This "crucifixion" is brought about in our 
lives. | 1 | By believing: on the Lord Jesus Christ; (2) By 
repenting or turning away from our sins; (3) ,By accept- 
ing Jesus Christ's finished work for us; (4) By confess- 
ing Him as Lord of our lives. 

This chain of events is mental, although it is brought 
about by the Holy Spirit, and is commonly known as our 
conversion, but it is not being regenerated nor being born 
again. 'Ibis great work is not accomplished by the indi- 
vidual, but by the Holy Spirit. Far too many people ac- 
cept conversion as their new birth by being unwilling to 
go all t'.ie way with Christ by being buried with Him in 
baptism. This chain of events simply places the indi- 
vidual in the position where the Holy Spirit can do His 
great work of making the individual a new creation in 
Christ Jesus. 

Having crucified the old man by believing, repenting, 
pting, and confessing, the old man is now ready for 
burial, so that he may be "raised up" by the Holy Spirit 
"to walk in newness of life." It is here that Paul speaks 
of our "being buried with Him," because we have al- 
ready accepted Him and confessed Him as Lord of our 
lives and He is with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. 
It is this crucifixion that destroys the old life of sin. 
Now we shall dispose of it by burial with Christ, just as 
He was buried to rise again a new creation. No longer 
will the old man of sin haunt us. He is buried never to 
rise again; butJ the new man will be raised up to walk 
with Christ and to sit in heavenly places with Him. 

Second. Baptism is the "planting" of the old life with 
Christ. We plant the old grain, which dies that the new 
plant may "come forth" or be born into tihe world. The 
purpose of every planting is that it may bear fruit. That 
we may see the real beauty of this baptismal planting, let 
us read about the resurrection in 1 Cor. 15:36, "That 
which thou sowest is not quickened (made alive) except 
it die." Even so must our "old man" die before our re- 
< i cation. Further we read in 1 Cor., 15:42-43, "It is sown 
in corruption; it is raised in power; it is sown in dis- 
honour; it is raised in glory." In like manner converts 
are "raised in glory." 

(Perhaps a word right here relating to Brethren con- 
verts "bowing" in baptism and being dipped face forward 
will be in order.) 

We read in John 19:30 how, when Jesus had received 
the vinegar, He said, "It is finished." Then the writer 
states, "And He inclined His head and gave up the spirit." 
Here Jesus gave up His physical life, and surrendered 
Bis spirit into the hands of His Father to do as was 
pleasing in His sight. In like manner must people be- 
ing baptized, dismiss the old life and submit their new 
lives into the hands of God, to be used as He wills. Here 
we "bow" in submission to His will. 

Third. Being raised up in baptism is the resurrection 
of the new creation in Chnst Jesus, to walk in newness 
of life. We read in Romans 6:4, 'Therefore we are buried 
with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was 
rai.sed up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even 

so we should walk in newness »f lifet For if we have been 
planted together in the likeness of His death we shall 
also be in the likeness of His resurrection." Here we are 
made a new creation in Christ Jesus. 

Fourth. Baptism is being born again. When Nicodemus 
came to Jesus and acknowledged Him to be from God, 
Jesus emphatically informed him that to see and enter 
into the Kingdom of God it was positively necessary for 
him to be born again. The reading from the original Greek 
makes quite a difference here, because the compilers of 
the King James or Authorized Version, which we use, 
was compiled by the Church of England, which practices 
sprinkling instead of Triune Immersion. Therefore the 
Authorized Version quotes Jesus in these words, "Except 
a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter 
into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). But the original 
Greek reads, "If any one be not born out of water and 
spirit he is unable to enter into the kingdom of God." 
Quite a difference in being born "of water" ana "out of 
water!" Furthermore, the apostle Paul, and also John the 
divine, speak of the resurrection of Jesus as being a 
birth. In Colossians 1:18 we read, "And He is the head 
of the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from 
the dead." In Revelation 1:15 John speaks of Jesus being 
the "first begotten of the dead." In 1 Cor, 15:23 He i v s 
called the "firstfruits of the dead." 

Fifth. Baptism is an apostolic requirement for church 
membership. In Acts 2:38 the apostle Peter told the de- 
vout Jews who had asked him, "What shall we do?" that 
they must repent and be baptized for the remission of 
their sins. Then in the 41st verse we read, "Then they 
that gladly received his word were baptized, and the same 
day there were added unto them about 3000 souls." Again 
we read that we are "baptized into the body of Christ," 
or the church. In 1 Cor. .12:13 we read, "For by one spirit 
are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews 
or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free and have all been 
made to drink into one spirit." 

Sixth. Baptism is for the remission oif sinst. Baptism is 
the final requirement relating to salvation, and anyone 
who refuses to accept and perform the final requirement 
had just as well reject all. When we shall have bowed in 
submission to all requirements then and only then, may 
we say that we have done all that we are required to do. 
Paul informed the Jews mentioned previously, that bap- 
tism was for the remission of their sins (See Acts 2:38). 
It is the sending away of our sins. They are dead and 
buried by baptism into death. We have figuratively crossed 
the Red Sea, not to turn back to our old manner of living, 
but to follow Jesus through the leadership of the Holy 
Spirit. And may we go all the way with Him by being 
buried with Him by baptism into death. 


He picked them out on his knees. Slowly, thoughtfully, 
through the night, he sifted back and forth, taking ac- 
count of weaknesses and drawbacks, till at last the list 
of twelve men stood clear. A great night's work, that, 
getting fishermen ready to be apostles. No wonder Peter 
came back, and John's fire burned out in love. That night's 
knee work did it. Nothing human can resist quiet, steady, 
confident knee work. Try it on your daily job. — S. D. Gor- 

MARCH 1, 1952 


Brethren Church History 

B r R. 

in Ankr 

(Dorrisons Cove, ^Pennsylvania 

ONE OF THE MOST .BEAUTIFUL sections of the mid- 
dle part of the great state of Pennsylvania is also 
rich in Brethren History. This Cove is roughly bounded 
on the West by Dunnings and Lock Mountains. On the 
East by Tussey Mountain. While names of "The Great 
Cove," "Little Cove," and "Canolloways" are frequently 
mentioned in old Government papers, in reality the true 
section of the Cove is smaller and embraces parts of Blair 
and Bedford Counties. The fertile land, beautiful scenery 
and well watered limestone valleys are surpassed by no 
other section of the Keystone state. 

Entering the Cove by way of Everett from the south, 
through Loy's Gap, through which also flows Yellow 
Creek, there is brought to view the panoramic beauties of 
field and hill. Driving by uncontaminated and cress 
adorned creeks brings us through Waterside, Woodbury 
and into M,artinsburg. Crossing through another low gap 
westward brings us to Roaring Springs, well named for 
the large springs which pour forth their waters in abun- 
dance. From here the journey south brings us to the fa- 
vorite locality of the early Dunkers, where we today find 
the village of Bakers Summit. 

The earliest settlers of the Cove came in 1749, but not 
having title to the land were considered Squatters and 
were expelled. The land then belonged to the Indians. It 
was not until William Penn purchased the land in 1754 
that the Settlers could secure title to their lands that they 
purchased. It was then that the Brethren came to pur- 
chase land and homesites for themselves. The Brethren 
secured the greater part of the land. Some of them regis- 
tered enormous tracts, some as large as 1500 acres. These 
pioneer settlers were also pioneer preachers. 

The late James A. Sell told the writer of many of the 
historic incidents of their settling. It may not be out of 
place to quote him in this article. 

"In their new home," speaking oi thOM who nettled 
Clover Creek near the present city of Martinsburg, he 
states, "They were a religious people, and religious ser- 
vices were inseparably connected with their daily rou'. 
They called men to the Ministry from the plow, illite 
though they often were, but they were devout and Z 
simple in their faith, and self-sacrificing in their lah 
They exposed themselves to the elements and dangers from 
wild beasts, and to the fury of the savage Indian. Mar- 
shalls of God they were, and under the disadvantage- of 
pioneer life they wrought and left an organized work to 
their children that passed from one generation to another 
until it has come to the present." 

It was about the year 1755 that a colony of Brethren 
entered the Cove through Loy's Gap and gradually worked 
their way northward until they settled upon Clover Creek. 

The Brethren also took possession of the valley in the 
vicinity of Roaring Springs, which formed the western 
part of the Clover Creek congregation. They were busily 
engaged in clearing away the forests, tilling the soil and 
adorning the various creeks with their water mills. Their 
efforts were spent in promoting peace and harmony in 
the country. Their main interest was in their homes and 
their religion. They were good farmers, quiet and inof- 
fensive citizens, but their non-resistant principles brought 
them into disrepute with their neighbors. During the In- 
dan wars of 1762 and onward there were quite a number 
of murders committed and captives taken. 

One of the pioneer preachers, whose name heads the 
list of the Ministers of the Clover Creek congregation, 
was John Martin. He, in writing a letter to the Council 
for aid, said in part, "I, One of the Bereaved of my Wife 
and five Children, by Savage War at the Captivity of the 
Great Cove, after Many & Long Journeys, I lately went 
to an Indian Town, viz., Tuskaroways, 150 miles Beyond 
Fort Pitts, & Entreated in Co. Bucquits & Co. Crogans 
favor, So as to bear their Letters to King Beaver & Cap. 
Shingas, Desiring them to Give up One of my Daughters 
to me, Whiles I have Yet two Sons & One Other Daugh- 
ter with Shingas he Refused to Give her up, and after Ex- 
postulating with him, but all in vain, he promised to De- 
liver her up with Other Captives to yr Excellency." 

U. J. Jones in his History of the Juniata Valley writ- 
ten in 1855 says he speaks with "a sense of candor" 

Family Graveyard Where William Mack is Buried 




when he states. "In the first place, let it be understood 
that we are in no particle indebted to thorn for one iota 
->f the blessings oi go v ernment we enjoy. They are strict 
Don - - ants; and in the predatory incursions of the 

French and Indians, in 1756-63, and in fact, during - all 
the savage warfare, they not only refused to take up 
arms to repel the savage marauders and prevent the in- 
human slaughter of women and children, but they refused 
in the most positive manner to pay a dollar to support 
those who were willing to take up arms to defend their 
homes and firesides, until wrung from them by the stern 
- of the law, from which there was no appeal." 

"They did the same thing when the Revolution broke 
out. There was a scarcity of men. Sixty able-bodied ones 
among them might readily have formed a cordon of fron- 
tier defense, which could have prevented many of the In- 
dian massacres which took place between 1777 and 1780, 
and more especially among their own people in the Cove. 
But not a man would shoulder his rifle; they were non- 
;■• sistants!" Jones says that "The savages swept down 
through the Cove with all the ferocity with which a pack 
of wolves would descend from the mountain upon a flock 
of sheep. Some few of the Dunkards, who evidently had 
a latent spark of love hid themselves away; but by far 
the most of them stood by and witnessed the butchery of 
their wives and children, merely saying, 'Gottes will sei 
gethan* (God's will be done). How many Dunkard scalps 
they carried to Detroit cannot now be, and probably never 
has been, clearly ascertained, — not less than thirty ac- 
cording to the best authority." 

No doubt if the "Dunkards" as Jones called them, could 
have been permitted to treat with the Indians alone and 
manifest their love of peace and fair and honorable treat- 
ment, there is every reason to believe there would have 
been more peace and less friction between the settlers as 
a whole and the Indians. 

Space does not permit the mentioning of other events 
connected with the trying times of the early settlers. As 
the Indians moved farther and farther West of the Alle- 
ghenies there was more opportunity to develop the nat- 
ural resources of the beautiful cove. It may be stated that 
the name of Morrisons Cove was not given until about 
the year 1790. It was said to have been named after Mor- 
ris, the Governor of Pennsylvania. 

Settlers continued to come in from Franklin County, 
Pennsylvania — Cumberland County, as it was known at the 
time. The Brethren had emigrated in large numbers from 
Germantown to the Antietam Creek where the city of 
Waynesboro now stands. 

John Mack, a brother of Alexander, Jr., came to the 
Antietam Country to combat the inroads of the Seven- 
Day people. Others followed, among whom was his neph- 
ew William Mack. William married Agnes Gantz of 
Adams County and to this union were born nine children. 
Space permits the mentioning of only a few of the chil- 
dren and their activities. Jacob, the first-born returned to 
O-rmantown where he spent his time with his Grand- 
father, Alexander Mack, Jr., while he secured an educa- 
tion in the Germantown Academy. Returning to Waynes- 
boro he later, together with his wife, bought a mill on 
Brown's Run in the new German settlement in Fayette 
County, in southwestern Pennsylvania. From here he went 
to Ohio, dying there near Brownsville in the year 1855. 

He was buried in the family graveyard on the place which 
he owned. (See cut on bottom of page 7.), 

Elizabeth, a daughter of William, married John Hol- 
singer, an Elder in the Dunker Church. He was born in 
Franklin County, Pennsylvania, July 21, 1768. They were 
married M.ay 2, 1797. John and Elizabeth Mack Hol- 
singer were among the early settlers coming by way of 
Loy's Gap to the Cove section. Historians are in disagree- 
ment as to the exact date of their coming. John Holsinger 
was associated with Samuel Ulery in the founding of the 
work in Morrison's Cove. 

John Holsinger took up a tract of land some two miles 
south of the present village of Bakers Summit. Here, liv- 
ing upon a tract of mountain land and fertile valley, he 
labored and preached. His death occurred on the eighth 
day of December in 1849, but his work bore fruit, for the 
very next year just a short distance east from the farm 
where he lived and died, at the foot of Dunnings Moun- 
tain, on the east side, was erected a church which was 
given his name. The second "Holsinger" church now 
stands on the site. 

Elizabeth Mack Holsinger was the granddaughter of 
Alexander Mack, Jr. She certainly must have been strong 
in the faith and convinced of the worth of her father's 
family for this was manifestecd in the naming of their 
four sons. They were named, John Mack Holsinger, George 
Mack Holsinger, Daniel Mack Holsinger and Alexander 
Mack Holsinger. Elizabeth's sister Lydia married a broth- 
er to her husband John, and another sister married a 
nephew. There are many descendants of the Holsinger 
marriages abroad in the land, and many to this day in 
the Cove section of the state. 

(Second part next week) 

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U" and "I 

In a paper that comes to our desk, a writer has labored 
and brought forth the following: 

When we separate the word "business" into its com- 
ponent letters, BUSINESS, we find that "U" and 
"I" are in it. In fact, if "U" and "I" were not in "busi- 
ness," it would not be business. Therefore, if business is 
to remain "business," we must keep "U" and '*I" in it. 

Furthermore, we discover that "U" comes before "I" in 
business and that the "I" is silent — it is to be seen, not 
heard. Also, the "TJ" in business has the sound of "I," 
which indicates that it is an amalgamation of the inter- 
est of "U" and "I" ,and that when they are properly 
amalgamated, business becomes harmonious and alto- 
gether profitable. 

Not such bad reasoning. It suits "us" to a "T." — Relig- 
ious Telescope. 

If you satisfy yourself with a blessing it will corrupt 
you; you must sacrifice it, pour it out. 

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a 
personal possession only through conflict. 

Intellectual and moral teeth decay if not used. Gnaw 
a tough moral bone occasionally. 

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'Hews From South America 

A LETTER received this week from Miss June Byler in 
rgentina speaks briefly of the dedication of the new 
lurch in Gerli, Sunday February 10. She did not give 
stails, but inferred that definite report would be forth- 

Therd were representatives from practically all of the 
;her churches and a nice crowd from the surrounding 
>mmunity. There is ,a possibility that Miss June Byler 
ill be moving back to Cordoba to carry on her distinc- 
ve type of service while her brother and his family are 
. this country on furlough. 

The Board has planned to bring Reverend and Mrs. 
obert .Byler and family to their home some time in July, 
ister Byler has spent two or three weeks recently at the 
;ashore recuperating from her illness. Her doctor is 
uch pleased with the improvement she has made within 
le last two weeks. The entire Church will be happy to 
elcome them when they return. It is our plan that they 
lall be in attendance at General Conference. 

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FOR SOME TIME the Brethren Church has been plan- 
ng and praying for an enlarged Missionary vision and 
■ogram. Recent developments indicate that prayers are 
;ing answered in the volunteers for missionary service 
id in the expansion of our work. 

At our recent Board meeting, February 6, four new 
cruits were accepted provisionally, until necessary ex- 
ninations are passed, for mission work. 

These four volunteers for missionary work, either home 
I foreign, who are seniors and graduate students in 
shland College, are willing to go where the Board sees 
. to send them. 

Our Easter literature will provide pictures of these 
>ung people and detailed information about them; but 
the meantime, if you want to be the first to ask for 
le of them as your own missionary, here is the list of 
dunteers: Wanda Baal, of Mansfield, Ohio, who gradu- 
ed from Ashland College in 1948 and is at present tak- 
g work in the Seminary in religious education. Wanda 

expresses a desire for African work, but is willing to go 
where she is needed. 

Mara Lee Eicher of Alverton, Pa., will graduate from 
Ashland College in June with a Bachelor of Music de- 
gree; her preference is also for work in Africa, but she, 
too, is willing to be used elsewhere. She indicates that 
she is interested in working in Alaska or among the In- 
dians in New Mexico. 

Edna Linsley of Hubbard, Ohio, will graduate from 
Ashland College in June also with a Bachelor of Arts 
degree. She expresses a desire to work in Africa or South 
America and is likewise interested in Arizona and New 
Mexico as possible fields of service. 

The male member of the quartet of volunteers is Glenn 
(Doc) Shank, from St. James, Maryland. Doc, well-known 
around Ashland as Manager of the Eagles' Nest, grad- 
uated from the College in '48 and is now completing his 
seminary work. He desires to offer his services in Africa 
to do practical work, such as mechanical and repair jobs, 
that will be of service to mission workers and leave them 
free to care for more specialized tasks. Doc would also 
be qualified to preach and serve in a number of capaci- 

A number of churches and organizations have mani- 
fested a willingness from time to time to have a mission- 
ary of their own to support on the field. Heretofore the 
number of missionaries has been so small as to limit this 
assigning of definite persons to these group for their 
own representatives. Now, however, if churches and other 
missionary-minded groups will make their desires known 
soon, it will be possible for them to have this fine per- 
sonal interest and contact with Christian ambassadors. 

Write to the Board office whenever you have decided 
upon such an undertaking; but do it. promptly; others are 
going to have the same desire. 


The small communions are much more closely knit than 
the larger ones. Some of them emphasize tithing much 
more than any large group, although they do not make 
tithing - a condition of membership, but it is so empha- 
sized that those who do not tithe feel uncomfortable. A 
larger proportion of the members of small communions 
contribute than is true of larger ones. 



The communions that give most per member are in 
this order: Free Methodist, Seventh Day Advent ist, Wes- 
leyan Methodist. Church of the Nazarene, .Brethren in 
Christ, each of which is reported as giving more than 
$100 per member. Free Methodists in a certain church 
contributed $350 per member during the last fiscal year. 
At the Conference held in July it was reported as the 
church with largest per member contributions. This 
amount is ten times the average for all the communions 
and six times the amount of another church which is al- 
most five times as large. 

During these years our income has increased from fifty 
billion, in 1935, to almost 250 billion dollars in 1951. The 
amounts we pay for clothes, food, shelter, taxes, jewelry, 
amusements, gum, candy, alcohol, tobacco, building homes, 
furnishing them has also increased. An advertisement of 
a nationally known firm recently said this increase was 
48.3 r 'r. If our gifts had increased as our income has in- 
creased, instead of $32.07 per member, we would have 
given $60.50 per member. When a dollar was worth .100 
cents it would do a certain amount of work in our local 
church and our missions. Not now. We have greatly in- 
creased giving but only increased work done by a very 
small percent. 

In spite of the difficulties under which churches work, 
the constantly shifting membership, secularism, increased 
cost of everything, the communions have made a notable 
advance in these last few years. We need to take heart 
and work harder. Our Stewardship promotion is taking 

Our church (the Brethren) holds forty-second place in 
total contributions and twenty-third place with foreign 
mission giving. 
(Information from United Stewardship Council statistics) 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

which was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, 
February 29th. 

The Northeastern Ohio Brethren Youth quarterly meet- 
ing was held at the Ashland Church on Saturday after- 
noon and evening, February 16th, with a fine attendance 
and a wonderfully deep devotional atmosphere pervading 
the entire session. Nearly one hundred and ten were seated 
at the tables for the evening banquet. This banquet was 
served by a group of men from the Ashland Laymen's 
Organization, assisted by some of the ladies of the 
church. A part of the evening's entertainment was the 
attendance of the group at the Ashland College-Hiram 
College basketball game which was played at the Ash- 
land College Gym. Incidently Ashland won. 

The evening services of Sunday, P'ebruary 17th, were in 
charge of the Ambassador Quartet which combined with 
the Ashland College Freshman Quartet for the evening. 
Their fine opening devotional program was followed by 
the showing of the sound film, "Fire Upon The Earth," a 
picture covering the history of the Church from Pente- 
cost to the present time, from a Protestant point of view. 
A large audience was present for this service. 

Gratis, Ohio. We note from Brother Crick's bulletin of 
February 10th, that plans have been laid for one week 

of Bible Lectures which begin on March 30th and close 
on Palm Sunday, April 6th. Brother Crick will deliver the 
discourses and Dennis Snell of Eaton, Ohio, is tentatively 
engaged to lead in the inspirational features of the ser- 

We note also that the January financial report showed 
a nice increase in the balance in the Gratis treasury. 

Warsaw, Indiana. Brother E. J. ,Beekley says that a Cub 
Scout Pack was organized in our church on Friday eve- 
ning, February 15th. 

Wc note that the average offerings for the year 1951 
were reported as well above those of previous years. 
A "Tithe Offering" was planned for February 24th. 

Nappanee, Indiana. The Laymen of the Church spon- 
sored the Father and Son Banquet which was held on 
Monday evening, February 18th. 

The Sisterhoods 'held their Public Service on Sunday 
morning, February 24th, with Mrs. L. V. King as their 
guest speaker. She related her experiences on her recent 
trip to Argentina, where she visited with her daughter, 
Mrs. Jane Byler and family. 

It will be of interest to the entire brotherhood to leam 
that Sister U. J. Shively has returned to her home in 
Nappanee after having spent a number of weeks in the 
hospital in South Bend. She is reported as greatly im- 

North Liberty, Indiana. Brother J. Edgar Berkshire 
says that in spite of very bad weather about thirty-five 
were in attendance at the "Birthday Supper" which was 
held in the church basement on Friday, February 8th. 

Our Church joined in a Union Service at the Methodist 
Church on Sunday evening, February 8th, which service 
was held in memory of the Chaplains who went down 
with their ship during the last World War. All ministers 
of the city had a part in the service, as did also the 
various choirs. 

Peru, Indiana. Our church joined in a special service 
at the Baptist Church on "Race Relations Sunday," Feb- 
ruary 10th, at which time twenty displaced persons in 
their native costumes were present and had a part in 
the service. 

Our congratulations go out to .Brother and Sister Al- 
bert Eikenberry who observed their Sixtieth Wedding 
Anniversary on Monday, February 18th. 

'College Corner, Indiana. The Brethren Youth of the 
College Corner church held a Public Service on Sunday 
morning, February 17th. A fine program was arranged. 

February 24th was set aside as the "Mid-Winter Rally" 
day. A special program was planned. 

Lanark, Illinois. We note that a Valentine Party was 
'held for the young people on Tuesday evening, Febru- 
ary 12th. 

The Laymen and Boys' Brotherhood held a joint meet- 
ing at the church on Friday evening, February 22nd. They 
had as their guest speaker, Mr. George Bergdoll, teacher 
of mathematics in the local high school. Refreshments 
were served. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. A Fellowship Supper was held at 
the church on Monday evening, February 18th. Miss Mar- 
tha Elder of Rock Falls was the guest speaker at the 
program which followed the supper. 

A Gospel Team from Ashland College is scheduled to 

MARCH 1, 1952 


hold a service in the Milledgeville church on Monday eve- 
ning, March 3rd. 

The Ashland College A Cappella Choir is also sched- 
uled for Milledgeville on April 17th. 

We learn from Brother White's bulletin that the Cen- 
tral District Spring Camp is scheduled to be held from 
March 21st to 23rd at the Cerro Gordo, Illinois Church. 

Waterloo, Iowa. A Gospel Team composed of three girls 
and two boys, from Ashland College will hold services 
on Sunday, March 9th in the Waterloo Church. A pot-luck 
dinner will be served at the noon hour in their honor. 

The Laymen of the Waterloo Church held a waffle and 
sausage supper on Thursday evening, February 21st. 

Carletom, Nebraska. In Brother Thomas Shannon's bul- 
letin of February 10th we note that they have set a goal 
of 100 in attendance and that February 17th was the day 
they set for the "Ringing of the Bell" at the top of the 
goal. Did they make it? How about it Carleton? They 
were up to sixty-four the last we heard. 


The Northern Indiana Laymen's Brotherhood will hold 
their regular quarterly meeting at the Elkhart Church, 
Elkhart, Indiana, on March 3, 1952. 

Supper will be served at the usual time. A good at- 
tendance is urged. 

Max A. Miller, Secretary. 


"Why didn't you tell her she was taking more than her 
share of the room and incroaching on your rights?" some- 
one asked a young girl who was merrily describing a 
woman who had taken a seat beside her in a crowded 
railway car, and crammed into the small space a bird 
cage, a basket of apples, and bundles numerous and va- 

">It wasn't worth while to trouble about it; we had such 
a little way to go together," was the reply. 

What a motto that would be for a Christian's life-jour- 
ney. So many little annoyances are not worth noticing, 
so many small unkindnesses even, may be passed by si- 
lently, because we have only "such a little way to go to- 
gether." — Selected. 

Spiritual flfcebitations 

February 14-21, 1952 

Brighton, Howe, Indiana Brethren Church . . . 
Center Chapel, Peru, Indiana Brethren Church 
Mt. Olivet, Georgetown, Del. Brethren Church 

Louisville, Ohio Brethren Church 

Firestone Park, Akron, Ohio Brethren Church 
Berlin, Penna. Brethren Church (additional). 
Vinco, Conemaugh, Penna. Brethren Church . . 


$ 206.25 
Previously reported $2,381.49 

Total to date $2,587.74 

Rev. Uyoll Helot* 

F R A G R A S C E 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things arc true, whatso- 
ever things are honest, whatsoever things ar<- just, what- 
soever things are pur<?, whatsoever things are lovely, what- 
soever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil. 4:8. 

THIS VERSE from Paul's letter to the Philippians has 
always been an inspiration to Bible students and 
Bible lovers of all ages. Somehow it has always had a 
quieting, refining influence upon its hearers. There 
gathers about it such an atmosphere of gentle refinement 
as impels men and women to desire for the best things 
in life. 

There is in our text the suggestion that we shall keep 
close to the things that "charm us most" for the "good." 
We are to "think" as on these things, make them a part 
of the "Stuff" out of which our "thoughts" are to be 
built. The young lady whose character and life were such 
as to attract attention and admiration by her friends, 
was understood when, at her demise, the friends found a 
locket about her neck in which, on a folded paper, was 
written that wellknown verse, "Whom having not seen 
we yet lave, in whom though now we see him not, yet 
believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of 
glory." She had worn this reminder of her Savior near 
her 'heart, and it had left its influence in her life. 

In the "long ago" there lived an old apothecary, 
Tobiah, a seller of spices and perfumes. Two children, 
Judith and Reuben, loved the old man — and he them. Of- 
ten they visited him and he would allow them to run 
their 'hands through his bundles of spices, and often he 
would spray a bit of perfume over their garments. Then 
the children would run home after their visit and, jubi- 
lantly happy, they would challenge their mother, "Guess 
where we have been!" and assailed by the fragrance which 
emanated from their clothing she would make reply. "Oh, 
children, so you've been with Tobiah again!" Then she 
would wisely add, "And quite right, my jewels; if you 
wish to be fragrant, keep near to the seller of spices." 

That is what Paul meant in our text. If we would be 
good, and pure and true, we must fasten our minds upon 
the things which the "Seller of Spices'' offers. The best 
lives are found living close to Him. 


All churches desiring an Ashland College Gospel Team 
for Easter Services should make the contact immediate- 
ly upon the receipt of this issue of the EVANGEILST. 
Men's, Women's and Mixed Teams will be available. 

Write IMMEDIATELY to either Mara Lee Eicher. or 
Harold Barnett, c o Ashland College. Ashland. Ohio. DO 




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Topic for March 9, 1952 



I Cor. 3:10-15; II Cor. 5:10; II Thess. 1:7-9 

ANOTHER SUBJECT that is vital to all Christians is 
the matter of judgment and rewards. We are told 
that we shall receive rewards in heaven, and that the un- 
righteous shall be judged. There are many misty ideas 
about these that are floating around in our minds. The 
Scriptures are positive. Let us turn to them, and see what 
is said. We cannot in this short space deal with all the 
"ins and outs" of judgment and rewards. We are touch- 
ing only the high points. 

1. WORKS. Works in relation to salvation has been 
explained before in this series. After we receive salva- 
tion, we are to perform works in the service of the Lord. 
Doing His will, taking part in Christian work, praying 
for the lost and the sick, speaking for Christ, are all 
phases of works. We must do them to keep our faith 
alive. For these, we shall be rewarded at the judgment 
seat of Christ. This shall take place following the Rap- 
ture, when all the saints shall be gathered home in glory 
with Christ. Then, as we are gathered round the throne, 
He will judge us for the works done in the flesh, and 
shall reward us accordingly. We are told that if, after 
we received salvation, we built on it works of hay, stub- 
ble, etc., our works would be burned, and we would lose 
our reward. Likewise, if we built good works such as 
gold, silver, etc., they would last. Such songs as "Will 
there be any stars in my crown?" and "Must I empty- 
handed go?" come to mind as we think of serving Him on 

2. WORKS WORTHY OF REWARD. Not everything 
we do will hold for rewards. If we do things for Christ 
with the idea that we are getting great rewards stored 
up in heaven, we'll lose our reward for that, because we 
have done thus for our own selfishness and not to the 
glory of Christ. We once heard a Sunday School teacher 
say, as he held his hand high as his head, that he knew 
his blessing and rewards were piled that high in heaven. 
We are to serve Christ, we are to glorify Christ, we are 
to serve where, and when He wants us to serve. We shall 
be rewarded for doing His will, and not our own. For the 
glory we take here, there shall be no reward in heaven. 
The basis of rewards is on how faithfully we have used 
our talents for Him, and how well we have sought to 
honor Him in our service. 

ment day is at the Throne of Christ after the Rapture. 
Gathered there we shall hear His "well done." We shall 
be surprised because, as we mfntioned above, many things 
for which we think a good reward should be forthcoming, 
there'll be none. We'll see our humble neighbor receive 
far greater rewards than we'll be getting. Matthew 25: 
20-33 informs us of rewards which shall come to the 

faithful. Seven crowns shall be given to us: Life (James 
1:12: Glory (I Peter 5:4); Righteousness (II Tim. 4:8^; 
Rejoicing (Thess. 2:19); Gold (Rev. 4:4); Incorruptible 
(I Cor. 9:25); Thy crown (Rev. 3:11). Also, we shall re- 
ceive seven special privileges for "overcoming," namely: 
To eat of the thee of life (Rev. 2:7); Shall not be hurt 
of the second death (Rev. 2:11). A stone with a new 
name written thereon, and to eat of hidden manna (Rev. 
2:17); Authority over nations (Rev. 2:26, 27). Arrayed in 
white garments and security against removal of name 
from Lamb's book of life. (Rev. 3:4, 5); A pillar in the 
temple of God (Rev. 3:12); Rule with Him (Rev. 3:21). 


shall enjoy a new heaven and new earth. Literally, this is 
Paradise regained. There shall be a new home for the 
saints. We shall also have uninterrupted communion with 
God in His home (Rev. 21:3). There shall be no more 
death, mourning, curse, tears, sorrow, night. We shall 
enjoy the river of life, the tree of life, new fields of 
service, new relationships with each other and God, and 
new light. For the patience, confidence, trust, love, work 
of this life, we shall have endless joy and perfect happi- 
ness. All our loved ones in Christ shall be there. All 
knowledge of sin, unrighteousness and godlessness shall 
be removed. All knowledge of the lost shall be removed 
from us. We shall not grieve for them, for they have by 
that time passed to their just reward. 

sand years after Christ passes out rewards for the right- 
eous, shall take place the great white throne judgment, 
in which death and hell shall give up its dead to appear 
before God. All souls of all time who are outside of 
Christ, who have rejected and blasphemed shall be there. 
And it says that if their names are not in the Lamb's 
book of Life, that the judgment and wrath of God shall 
be poured out upon them. Even though they've been suf- 
fering the miseries of Hell for centuries, there is yet 
more to come. For now, as they see God, and bow before 
Christ and are forced to worship Him whom they have 
despised-, they have an even worse penalty to face. Death 
and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire which burneth 
forever and ever (Rev. 20:11-15). All those whom we 
know today, who are in sin, who reject Christ, to whom 
we have never spoken about their salvation, shall be a 
part of that terrible curse and living death. Don't you 
think we should be more zealous in working to bring them 
to a saving knowledge of Christ e'er it is too late? 

6. WINNING SOULS. We are told that "they that win- 
neth souls are wise." Also, "he that winneth souls shall 
shine as the stars of the morning." We get a picture of 
the terrible judgment to come to the unrighteous, it be- 
hooves each of us to spend more time and prayer and 
pleading to get people to see the awful fate awaiting 
them. And then, for those whom we bring to Christ, and 
for all work that we do for Him, in humble service, not 
seeking rewards, we shall thus in that day be rewarded. 
But, w(! think, the greatest reward we can ever get in 
heaven is to see the joy and happiness on the face of one 
who is there with us, to whom we had spoken, and for 
whom we had prayed on earth for them to give their 
hearts to Christ. That, we think, shall be our greatest re- j 
ward; for had we riot spoken to them, they would not | 
be there with us. 

MARCH 1, 1952 


IPmyer Wleeting 


PLEASE NOTE: Beginning next week Brother Gilmer 
will use as the topics a chapter by chapter study of the 
Gospel According to John. We are sure that the users of 
these Prayer Meeting Topics will welcome this series of 
studies on one of the greatest books in the New Testa- 
ment. If you are not using these topics, we would ad- 
vise their use in the Prayer Service, and if the Prayer 
Service is being conducted along some other line, we 
Would urge the personal study of these lessons from week 
to week. You will find such ,a study well worth while. — 


If I had known in the morning how wearily all the day 

me words unkind would trouble my mind 

I said wlien you went away, 

I had been more careful, darling, nor given you needless 

But we vex our own with look and tone 
We might never take back .again. 

For though in the quiet evening you may give me the 

kiss of peace, 
Yet it might be that never from me 
The pain of the heart should cease. 
How many go forth in the morning that never come home 

at night, 
And hearts have been broken for harsh words spoken 
That sorrow never set right. 

We have careful thoughts for the stranger 

And smiles for the sometimes guest, 

But oft for our own, the bitter tone 

Though we love our own the best. 

Ah! lips with the curve impatient, 

Ah! brow with that look of scorn; 

'Twere a cruel fate, were the night too late 

To undo the work of the morn. — Anon. 

THE TEIST OF HOLY LIVING is in the home (Col. 
3:18-4:1). The Scripture beautifully associates the 
Christian wife's submission to her husband with Christ's 
submission to God (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:22, 33). If there 
is nothing derogatory to Christ in His submission to the 
Father, so there is nothing derogatory to the wife in her 
submission to her husband. It is no robbery of God that 
Christ is His equal (Phil. 2:6). yet He is submissive to 
the Father. Likewise, it is no robbery to the husband that 
his wife is his equal though her sphere is different, and 
yet she is submissive to him ,as it is fitting in the Lord. 
The husband is not magnified over his wife and is for- 
bidden to tyrannize over her but is commanded to love 
her. No place is allowed for bad tempers, impoliteness or 

"Here is a rule and it standeth true. 

What i« the loving thing to do?" 

Here is a contract f<>r father and -on, 

Husband and wife — ere the deed is done; 

A fest. for one and a test for two: 


Children are to obey their parents "in all things," and 
the parents are not to dishearten them. If ever ;i man 
was blessed with good servants it was Naaman, the Syr- 
ian (2 Kings 5:3, 4, 13). None have more opportunit; 
doing gjod, making home life purer, happier, and r 
can do more evil, poisoning all the springs of social life 
(Matt. 21:35-38). Naaman's servants knew their place 
with becoming dignity and good taste. They were respect- 
ful, courteous and of time principle. They had their mas- 
ter's welfare at heart (1 Peter 2:17-22). 

The family altar will dissolve all misunderstanding and 
relieve all friction that may enter the home. 

i /. ■-'.- 

Gowiments on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for March 9, 1952 


Lesson: Philippians 3:4b-17 

TO COVER THE LIFE OF Paul would be an impossible 
task in one short lesson. But since we are seeking to 
find the thing within the individuals which characterizes 
them ,and makes them stand out for what they really are. 
we will try to point out those things which finally made 
Paul both a material captive and a spiritual "prisoner" for 
Christ. That is what we are trying to do with different 
people in this quarter's lessons. 

First of all, Paul recognized that what he was doing 
and the task which he had been assigned by the Master, 
was bound to meet objections and even persecutions. He 
had every reason to be aware of this, for he. himself, had 
been the chief persecutor of those of "The Way" — and he 
said that he had done this task with "zeal." "Concerning 
zeal, persecuting the Church." is the way he puts it in 
Philippians 3:6. He knew just what was coming and why 
he would be so persecuted. And it came to pass, with the 
result that he was eventually taken to Rome and impris- 
oned for the sake of his convictions, and was finally mar- 
tyred for the cause for which he had worked so faith- 

But being a literal prisoner in chains was to him as 
nothing to be compared with being a prisoner for Christ. 
He gloried in this. When he wrote his letter to the Ephe- 
sians. he began that part of the letter which men have 
now designated Chapter three, with these words, "For this 
cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gen- 
tiles" . . . (continuing later in the chapter") "I bow my 
knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . that 



he would grant you ..." But you get out your .Bible and 
road the entire Ephosinn epistle and note why he gloried 
in the fact that he was a "prisoner of Jesus Christ." 

Not only was Paul a "prisoner," but he liked to call 
himself more than that. He liked to be known as a "ser- 
vant" and better still as a "love slave" of Christ. Re- 
member that in the time that Paul lived, wars of inva- 
sion and conquest were all the thing, and if the invaders 
were successful they brought back their captives as 
slaves. These were bound to duty to their captors until 
such time as they did, or might purchase their freedom, 
or be released by kind masters. "Bound" is a word that 
had much meaning in those days. Paul gloried in the fact 
that he was "bound" to Christ— His captive; His slave; His 
prisoner. But Paul's was a loving service. He joyed in his 
captivity. He made use of every opportunity to proclaim 
the message of his Master as it was delivered to him. 

Note that Paul "counted all else as nothing compared 
t.« the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ." What- 
ever came as personal gain to him, he counted that as loss 
for Christ. Formerly, prior to the time of his turning to 
Christ as his Master, he had been what many called a 
"self-righteous Pharisee." But now he says he has traded 
that self-righteousness for "that which is through the 
faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by 
faith," In other words, Paul was glad to exchange the 
material freedom which he possessed for the chains which 
bound him to Christ Jesus, his Lord, and to "look for a 
city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is 

Did it pay ? Turn to his words, written to the Corinthian 
Church (II Corinthians 11 :22ff) and read the list of tor- 
tures he endured for Christ's sake. He says in chapter 12, 
verse 10, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in re- 
proaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses 
FOR CHRIST'S SAKE: for when I am weak, then am I 
strong." Does that tell the story? And does it tell your 
story ? 

The church is fairly well supplied with conductors. It 
shows a shortage of engineers, but an overplus of brake- 

Che College Chapel Diary 

As Observed by The Editor 

We thought we would have the pictures back and would 
be able to show you a little of the inside of the chapel 
this week. But at press time they had not arrived. So we 
will hold them for next week. 

It was thought the walks could be laid this week, but 
the bad weather came again and it was impossible to 
get them laid. The first chapel exercises were to be held 
on Friday morning, February 22nd, but because of the 
lack of the walks, it was thought best not to track too 
much dirt into the building. But this only puts off tem- 
porarily the beginning of the real use of the Chapel. The 
chairs are in place in the basement and all is ready for 
the opening service. We hope to be able to tell you about 
it next week. So, watch the Evangelist for such good news. 

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The evening of January 30th was an eventful one for 
the New Lebanon Brethren Church, for it was at this 
time a reception was given for the new pastor, Rev. 
John T.. Bfyler, and his family. They had arrived only 
just the Monday before. About one hundred and fifty per- 
sons enjoyed the occasion. A bountiful meal was enjoyed 
and a time of fellowship was the result. A beautifully 
decorated cake was presented to the Bylers by one of the 
ladies of the church who is always doing nice things for 
others; also a party was given with the reception. We 
all join in wishing the best for the Bylers. 

New Lebanon has sent a student to Ashland College 
— Mr. Dale Wysong, who has already begun his study. 

Attendance at worship services has kept up reasonably 
well, considering the congregation had to depend on sup- 
ply pastors for several months, but every service was 
enjoyed. Sunday School attendance also has been keep- 
ing up, and we hope to get off to a good start before 
too long. 

May the Heavenly Father see the need of each one 
and grant His blessing. 

Anna M. Cashour, Correspondent. 


It was a happy privilege to again serve the Brethren 
at Falls City, Nebraska, in a revival campaign and to 
share with them in the rich Gospel messages of their 
pastor, Rev. Eppley. He is a real servant of the Lord 
and we all felt the closeness of the Spirit in his mes- 
sages. Having made my "sojourn-home" with the pastor 
and his good wife, I knew something of the daily man- 
na the Lord did supply for the messages. Thanks for 
your splendid hospitality. 

The hospitality of the many homes we called in and 
the "invites" out for dinner were greatly enjoyed. Maybe 
they didn't literally kill the fatted calf, but if they had 
we couldn't have done any more justice to it. We ap- 
preciated it so much — Thanks, again. 

I will not soon forget the warm friendships made and 
renewed, as I had the privilege of working with these 
Brethren a few years ago. Although time has taken some 
workers on to glory, the Lord has raised up others to 
carry on, and we pray God's choicest blessings upo them. 

Some one has said that every joy has its corresponding 
sorrow, and I think we find that in every position of 
God's Vineyard when we serve, and that is the many 

MARCH 1, 1952 


vho do not support the Lord's work. A two-week's service 
ooks like a long time, but in that period we just get 
'warmed up." Maybe an old-fashioned siege would 
lo good. 

I want to thank the Laymen for their support of our 
National Work, also. It was a pleasure to fellowship 
vith you in this field. 

I am sure your very generous love gift was far in ex- 
:ess of the service rendered and I shall put it in the 
vidows' and orphans' fund, especially mine. Thanks! 

H. D. "Bud" Hunter. 


Last Sunday, January 27th, saw the ending of a very 
lappy three-year pastorate for my wife and myself at 
;he Brighton, Indiana, Brethren Church. We are glad 
'or a laity which has, for thirty years, carried on with- 
>ut the services of a full-time pastor. But now we are 
lappy to announce that they have called a young man 
for full-time service. This young man and his wife are 
graduates of Bob Jones University, and are willing to be 
)aptized and he to be ordained into the Brethren Church 
ninistry. Their names are Brice and Delora Fennig of 
Berne, Indiana. We ask your prayers for these young 
'oiks and for their new work at Brighton. 

During the three years at Brighton we were blessed 
vith many fine new friends and we will never forget their 
Christian hospitality. There were thirteen first-time con- 
fessions during that period, with one of the older mem- 
>ers passing on, and another receiving her letter to go 
;o a church in the town where she is living, making the 
nembership at the present time total 109. 

Please join with us in praying that this work will con- 
tinue to grow in numbers, in service and in the grace 
)f our Lord Jesus Christ. — Walter Lichtenberger. 

On January 8, 1952 a unanimous call was given to Brice 
Fennig to become our first full time pastor in thirty 
fears. Brother Fennig accepted the call and on January 
27th the church welcomed Brice and Delora Fennig as 
>ur new leaders and bade farewell to Walter and Ger- 
ildine Lichtenberger, who had faithfully served our church 
for three years. A carry-in dinner which was served in 
;he basement, highlighted the day's activities. 

Brother Fennig was born and reared in Berne, Indiana, 
ind graduated from Bob Jones University in June of 1951. 
He will be ordained in the Brethren Ministry in the near 
future. Brice and Delora, with their two and one-half 
month old son, Ricky Allen, will move into the church 
parsonage early in March. 

We praise and thank the Lord for sending us a young, 
consecrated, Christian family to lead in the work at 
Brighton. John Long. 


You have not heard from us through the Evangelist for 
some time. The reason is that we have just been too busy. 
Over the holiday time we were almost literally "snowed 
under," most fortunately with blessings in different ways. 

I almost fear to write this article because of the dan- 

ger of omitting something that should hav<: been reported. 
But we will do the best we can, trusting that thingH may 
be properly reported. 

We had four Christmas programs to enjoy- -three hi 
and one at Rowdy. Then, too, there were other thing* that 
made the time a most blessed one, in gifts of different 
things. There were more gifts for the work than had 
ever before been received. In fact one box of nice toys 
did not arrive till around the middle of January. Some 
boxes had no names on them. We have written to all 
whom we could and trust that none were omitted. 

About the first of December, one Saturday afternoon, 
four Brethren from the Milford, Indiana, church arrived. 
We urged them to stay over night, but they insisted that 
they had to get back to report to the Sunday School at 
Milford the next morning. They came to find out what 
they could do to help out with Christmas things here. 
These four were Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Scott and Mr. and 
Mrs. Ralph Disher. 

Then later that evening in came a group from the 
Goshen Church. Before this Brother Wilbur Whittle had 
written asking us what tools were needed for the Man- 
ual Training room. We gave him a list, and at the bottom 
we very hesitatingly suggested a jig saw. We really 
thought we had suggested too much. Then imagine our 
joy when this Saturday evening in came this group of 
folks from Goshen. They began to unload. Clothing, very 
nice Christmas toys for the children, food things, and — 
would the jig saw come in ? It did, and a motor vith it. 
We were truly grateful for all this. These good folks 
were: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Whittle, Mr. and Mrs. Tom 
Wilfret, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shaffer, and Mr. and Mrs. 
George Loucks. 

The next load of blessing came in a big truck from 
the Bryan, Ohio, Church. The truck was driven by Breth- 
ren Russell Snyder and Frank Roesch. These dear Breth- 
ren really sent a big load of eatables, toys and clothing. 
What a blessing they did bring. Things too numerous to 

Vacation time was approaching and we had not heard 
from the Milford, Indiana, Brethren as yet. About that 
time the weather was bad and the highways difficult to 
travel. We thought that it would be too much for the 
Milford people to get here. Imagine our happy surprise 
when we came home about dark to see a truck standing 
out here, and we found in the dormitory a brother and 
sister who had brought this load over difficult roads from 
Milford., It was the evening before one of our programs 
here, and the evening before school adjourned for the 
holiday vacation. All were busy and this good brother 
and sister, young folks, who hazarded so much to get 
those blessings here, got away early the next morning 
and we did not get their names. But the Lord knows who 
they are and His blessings are certain. This came just in 
time to help out so much. 

The Louisville, Ohio. Brethren also sent a lot of splen- 
did things for Christmas time — an electric clock, and 
toys many and eatables. Then some time later came two 
Brethren from the Smithville, Ohio, Chui-ch with a wheel- 
barrow, a 50-pound can of lard, etc. These good Brethren 
were Edwin Steiner of Wooster, Ohio, and Fred Ramsier 
of Smithville. 

Also about the holiday time came Mr. and Mis. Joe 




F. Brubaker from the Now Lebanon, Ohio, Church with 
a carload of o;uahles. clothing and athletic goods. This 
all helped SO much and is so much appreciated.. 

— G. E. Drushal. 
(Continued next weekl 

Hath ta fttzt 

LEMON". Agnes Mary (Shangrah) Lemon was born 
at Richville, Vermont, May 19, 1S63, .and departed this 
life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Breon, in 
Osborne. Kansas, on January 1, 1952, at the age of over 
eighty-eight years. 

She was united in marriage with George Lemon on Jan- 
uary 1, 1879. To this union was born thirteen children, 
ten of which survive. She has been a member of the 
Brethren Church of Portis, Kansas for about sixty years, 
the church had been one of her life's chief interests; 
her .Bible was a constant companion and source of help. 
She was a charter member of the Woman's Missionary 
Society. She had the enviable record of twenty years of 
perfect attendance at Sunday School and church. 

She is survived by seven sons and three daughters; 
thirty grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, and five 
great great grandchildren, who mourn her passing. 

Services were held on January 4th with Rev. W. W. 
McDonald, assisted by Rev. Raymond Kettell, ofifciat- 
ing. Burial in the Bethany Cemetery. 

The following members of the Gratis, Ohio, Brethren 
Church have passed away since the last report in the 
columns of the Evangelist: 

PENCE. Jacob F. Pence departed this life June 1, 1948 
at the age of 82 years. His wife died, one year befoi-e. 

SHAFFER. Alpha Shaffer died January 9, 1949 at the 
age of 75 years. 

LOWMAN. Mrs. Cora Alice (Myers) Lowman passer 
away March 18, 1950 at the age of 83 years. 

BROWER. Mrs. Eleanore (Harkloo) Brower, widow o] 
Josiah Brower, died September 20, 1950, at the age oi 
81 years. 

EIKENBERRY. Mrs. Sarah Ann (Talbert) Eikenber 
ry, wife of W. P. EJkenberry, departed this life May 8 
1951 at the age of 76 years. 

MARKER. Ora P. Marker departed this life Augus' 
15, 1951 at the age of 77 years. 

GRIMES. Mrs. Ethel Florence (Graff) Grimes, wife o: 
John F. Grimes, died December 7, 1951 at the age of 55 

ZIMMERMAN. Lurten R. Zimmerman, well know* 
Funeral Director and a Deacon in the Gratis Church 
passed to his reward on December 31, 1951, at the agi 
of 76 years. Surviving are the wife and four sons, al 
active in the work of the Lord. 

The undersigned was also called to Pennsylvania to com 
duct funerals for two who were active of the Aleppi 
Church while he was pastor there from 1922 to 1924: 

MOORE. Margzaret Ellen (Miller) Moore, widow o 
John Moore who died on December 24, 1949, at the ag< 
of 88 years. 

MURRAY. Oscar C. Murray, son of Rev. Jacob ant 
Julia (Rigglei) Murray, who died of a heart attack oi 
January 1, 1952 at the age of 68 years. 

William S. Crick, Gratis pastor. 

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Items of general Interest 

Gatewood, West Virginia. We learn from the weekly 
bulletin of Brother Cecil Bolton that the services and 
work of the Gatewood Church progress very satisfactor- 


Brother Locke reports activities. "The Executive Com- 
mittee of the Southeastern District met in the Maurer- 
town Church on February 21st, and worked out the pro- 
gram for the conference which is to be held at Maurer- 
town, June 17, 18 and 19. The Committee and their wives 
took dinner with Mrs. Locke at noon. It was a most pleas- 
ant occasion for us. The Committee and guests were Rev. 
and Mrs. Guy Ludwig, Rev. and Mrs. C. S. Fairbanks and 
Xita, and Rev. and Mrs. E. L. Miller. 

"Miss Veda Liskey is scheduled to speak at her home 
church, Bethlehem, on March 9th. We are looking forward 
to this event. 

"I was guest speaker presented by the Student Chris- 
tian Movement at Bridgewater college on February 22nd." 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Percy Miller says that the Sun- 
day School Cabinet has voted to concrete the kitchen 
floor after the old floor has been removed. It was also 
decided to purchase a slide and film strip projector and 
screen. The latter has been done. 

Twelve people have enrolled in the Leadership Training 
Class. The course which deals with Personal Work, is to 
be completed in ten two-hour services. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Keck says 
that about fifty young people were present at the service 
which was held at Uniontown, at which time he showed 
the Pennsylvania Camp pictures, and that a good audience 

was present when he showed the colored slides of our 
Lost Creek, Kentucky work. 

A note from Brother Keck reads as follows: "Three 
fine young girls confessed Christ as their Lord and Sav- 
iour this evening — February 24th — at our Young People's 
service. We praise the Lord for the step these young peo- 
ple made." 

North Vandergrift, Penna. An announcement from 
Brother Paul M. Naff, pastor, of the "Ground Breaking 
service" for the new Brethren Church at North Vander- 
grift, Penna., came to the Editor's Desk just after the 
Evangelist of last week had gone to press. We are son-y 
that it did not arrive in time to be of value as an an- 
nouncement. But we judge that the service went forward 
according to schedule, and that the "Ground Breaking" 
was accomplished as programmed on Sunday afternoon, 
March 2nd at 3 :00 o'clock. It was scheduled for the church 
site if weather permitted: otherwise the program was to 
be carried out in part at the site and the remainder at 
the old church. The new church is to be erected on Kepple 
Hill, close to the school house. Excavation is to begin 
shortly. We hope to get a fine report of the entire service 
for our readers. 

Ashland, Ohio. Plans have been made for the holding 
of a three-night School of Missions in the Ashland Church. 
These services will be conducted under the sponsorship 
of a committee from the three Woman's Missionary Socie- 
ties and will be held on the Sunday evenings of March 
16, 23 and 30. Classes will meet at the 6:30 hour and 
missionary messages will be given at the 7:30 hour. On 
the 30th a 5:30 supper will be served prior to the class 
sessions. This is in accord with the recent recommenda- 
tion of the Missionary Board for further missionary study. 

The Ashland Park Street Basketball team is having a 
very good year and in the second round of the city church 
league they have not lost a game thus far. 

Plans have been made for five Wednesday nights of 
evangelism, which will begin on March 5th. Also there 
will be three nights of service Holy Week, with medita- 

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(Continued from Page 3) 

by was heard to remark, "I wish they were members of 
my church!" 

If we will learn the lesson of cooperation even if it is 
to be learned from four-footed animals, we will be ready 
to work in unison, harmony and happy anticipation, say- 
ing with Paul, "Forgetting those things which are past 
and gone, and looking with joy to the task before us, we 
press on toward the goal . . . !" 

And what is the ultimate "goal" to which our Goals 
Program is pointing? Just this: To make our church a 
valuable and vital link in the chain that binds us all to 
the work unto which our Lord has called us! 

Remember Paul's question — "What wilt THOU have 
ME to do?" Are you also asking it of the Lord? If you 
are, the Goals Program will no longer be a "Problem," 
but will become a "Project." 

Think it over! 

MARCH 8, 1952 


rr I Vress Toward The Cjoal . . . ." 

PAUL, the Great Apostle and Missionary of the early 
church, was very busy at the task which was assigned 
o him in the darkened hours which followed his meet- 
ng with Jesus on the Damascus Road. When he, under 
he brilliance of the light that shone around him, uttered 
hose unforgettable words — words of definite surrender 
—"What wilt thou have me to do?" it was because he 
ealized that when he had asked the question, "Who art 
hou, Lord?" and had received the answer, "I am Jesus 
\diom thou persecutest," that he must surrender to His 
vill and seek the task that He would assign. 

When Paul came to the place that he was ready to say, 
What wilt THOU have me to do," he was already em- 
>arked upon the task the Master had been preparing 
or him. The realization of the fullness of the task came 
ipon him when upon his knees in prayer, he found the hands 
(: Ananias laid upon his head, and heard the voice of 
his man who was bearing the message of the Lord to 
dm. This was the message which became the marching 
irders for the greatest of all missionaries, the one who 
lad been chosen of God to bear His message to the Gen- 

We have reason to believe that several years of prepa- 
ration followed, but when, at last, he came to the "course 
:et before him," he went about it with all the force with- 
n him, which force was given by the One who had "set 
t" before him. 

So zealous was he in his work that he gave his all 
vithout fear or favor. His zeal is expressed in his words, 
vritten to the Philippian Church, and five more intensive 
vords of purpose cannot be found — "This one thing I do!" 
'aul had a "Goal" and he was "reaching out to make it." 

The Brethren Church had set some "Goals" before it. 
t may be that we have been thinking of these "Goals" 
is a set of "rules" to be followed. If such be the case, 
t is about time that we cease regarding them as "just 
•ules" and to begin to think of them in terms of "pro- 
ects and incentives." 

Recently I was given a present of a book covering the 
dements of black and white drawing. I have always liked 
o sketch things as a sort of relaxing hobby. In that book 
'. find that one is told to "block out" lightly in "bare 
>utline" what one is seeking to draw. Then when the 
lrawing is finished the "blocking" has disappeared in 
;he over-drawing of the complete picture. It is in such 
i way that we should regard our Goals Program. The 
'program" is the mere "blocking out" of the main over- 
ill effort. What we do to attain these goals is the filling 
n of the various parts to complete the entire picture. 

To me Goals are meant to "express" four things: 1. 
Purpose or aim; 2. Enthusiasm for the task; 3. "Stick- 
X)-it-iveness"; 4. Cooperation. 

Now let us s'ee if we can fill in the picture. 

First: Goals are useless unless there is a purpose or an 
aim in mind. If we carefully study our General Goals Pro- 
gram we will find that in the end it all reaches a focal 
point. We will also find that they all lead or point toward 
an emphasis on essentials relating to the general conduct 
of the church and its various auxiliaries. This is some- 
thing we sometimes forget, and look at them as a mere 
"set of yard sticks" with which we are to measure indi- 
vidual activities. Not so! They all dove-tail into one 
another to make a complete picture of the over-all work 
of the church. We must think of them as projects or 
necessary work done in all fields of labor. If we do this 
they will certainly "read differently" to us. 

Second: The second thing we think of in this connec- 
tion is the necessity of having "enthusiasm for the task." 
Remember that the word "enthusiasm" comes from two 
Greek words which mean "in God" — or as we put it so 
often, "God in us." Real enthusiasm for the work of the 
church can only come when we permit God to work with 
us and within us. When we have let our lives become so 
saturated with the Spirit of the Living God, it is then 
that we open our eyes to the ultimate Goal and "press on" 
to reach it. Thus we lose sight of a printed set of rules, 
we call Goals, as such, and begin to use them as vehicles 
or avenues of progress. 

Third: A task that is worth while is always one that 
requires constant attention. I had a teacher years ago, 
who called the attention of the class on the first day we 
met with her, to a hyphenated word which she had writ- 
ten on the blackboard. The word was "Stick-to-it-ive- 
nfess." She said that what progress we made as a class 
or as individuals depended on how much we "stuck to 
the tasks assigned." The end of the year proved her point. 
Those who pursued the course she laid out, and "stuck" 
to her plans, were rewarded not only with fine grades, but 
also with a foundation which carried them on through 
their other years of schooling more easily. 

To "press on toward the ultimate goal" simply means 
to keep everlasting at it. That is the only way success 
may be attained. And this applies to Goals also. 

Fourth: Paul assures us that "everything works to- 
gether for good to them that love God and who are called 
according to His purpose." A man who enters his horses 
in a pulling contest always wants his team to PUTL TO- 
GETHER. It is a joy to see two fine big horses set their 
shoulders into the collar, as one. and pull together. 

A man was once bragging about his horses and said. 
"Why they will work anywhere, in double harness or in 
single harness, it makes no difference. They will work 
any place you put them." A preacher who was standing 

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Husbanding ike rruits 

Of a Revival Effort 

By The Late George S. Baer 


"He being dead, yet speaketh," may well be said of 
our departed Brother George S. Baer, for he has left to 
us many messages from his fruitful pen, which may still 
be accounted vital, up-to-the-minute advice, which, if acted 
upon, will bring self-evident results. He speaks to us 
urgently in the accompanying article, which may be read 
with profit by minister and laymen alike. — Editor 


HpHERE IS, PERHAPS, no phase of the church's work 
1 rhat commands larger interest and more earnest and 
persevering effort than that of evangelism. There are 
many reasons why this is true and why at the same time, 
it is perfectly proper. 

Every church is concerned about enlarging its mem- 
bership, and increasing and strengthening its hold on the 
community. Every denominational program and concerted 
movement urges upon the congregation the importance of 
evangelism and of special evangelistic efforts. We are 
being urged to an annual evangelistic campaign in each 
and every church, and the district and general conferences 
set the same goal and are seeking to make every possible 
provision for its realization. But underneath it all there 
is the sincere desire of every man who is true to God, to 
rescue souls lost in sin by bringing them into a receptive 
attitude toward the saving power of the grace of God. 

The very word of God is an evangel by nature: it is 
a message, "good news," something to be passed on and 
on. It is the heavenly manna, the bread of life, but it can 
only maintain its true character by falling upon new ears 
and finding entrance into new hearts. 

Every sincere follower of the Master, rejoicing in the 
possession of this blessed gift, feels constrained by the 
love of Christ, to share it with others, and ever as he 
gives forth to others, his own portion becomes the richer. 
And every soul truly called of God to be a prophet unto 
his people and having a deep conviction of the universal 
need and the all-sufficiency of his God-given message, 
shares the feeling of Paul, "Woe is me if I preach not 
the gospel." So it is not to be wondered at that this phase 
of the church's commission is so overmastering and all- 

But following close on the heels of the commission to 
make disciples of all nations, is the command to "teach 
them all things whatsoever I have commanded you." This 
means that the appropriation of God's saving grace is not 
tr» cease at baptism. It means, to put it differently, that 
salvation is only the beginning of what God can do for 
a man. It means that after one has been adopted into the 
family of God, he must be schooled in the manners and 
customs of the divine family. He must be acquainted with 
the noble family record, its high ideals, lofty character 
and rich heritage. He must be brought to love the family 
of God, and to feel at home in it; to prize the new rela- 
tionships which he has assumed and to be loyal to them. 
This is quite as important as that he should ever have 
accepted God's saving grace at all. "For if," as Peter says 
in II Peter 2:20, 21, "after they have escaped the pol- 
lutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord 
and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled there- 
in, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than 

the beginning. For it had been better for them not to 
have known the way of righteousness, than, after they 
had known it, to turn from the holy commandment de- 
livered unto them." 

In other words, unless the fruits of a revival are care- 
fully conserved and cultured, it is of little use to hold re- 
vivals. Glorious and essential as are the campaigns be- 
ing conducted for the saving of souls, we must consider 
the less widely advertised campaigns for the culturing 
and training of souls as equally glorious and essential. 

It is important in husbanding the fruits of a revival 
that new converts shall be given the conception at the 
v ery outset that they are intended to grow in grace con- 
tinually, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ. If they enter upon the Christian life with 
the idea, that salvation from the sins of the past is all 
that the Lord has to do for them, they will be a grief to 
God and a disappointment to the church. The way they 
begin the Christian life is very likely to determine the 
way they will continue it. It is important then, that they 
shall begin their discipleship with the consciousness that 
they are both under the constraint of apostolic admoni- 
tion to grow in grace, and under the very necessity oft 
growing or losing their lives. 

Growth is essential to life in the spiritual as well as ini 
the physical world. As soon as one ceases to grow he be- 
gins to disintergrate. How many stunted and disintergrat- 
ing souls there are in the church of Christ today! And 
most of them have been thus hampered from their spir- 
itual birth — they were given no ambition for spiritual at- 

Nothing is more important than that the new convert 
shall enter upon the new life with a keen sense of his 
need of daily devotions. The Word must indeed be "a 
lamp unto his feet and a light unto his pathway," or he 
will soon be found wandering in the paths of sin again. 
It is necessary today as of old that the Word of God shall 
be "hid in our hearts that we may not sin against Him." 
It is the bread of life to us and daily must we partake of 

And prayer must also be as breath to the spiritual body. 
The importance of prayer may be judged by the empha- 
sis the Master placed upon it. It was a vital habit in His 
own life, and, to His disciples he said, "Watch and PRAY 
lest ye enter into temptation." And yet many who con- 
fess Christ in our revival meetings today, never set aside 
a time in each day for prayer and Bible reading, and 
scarcely ever is there a Family Altar established! And 
some never even learn to pray. Surely this is as impor- 
tant as confession,- or baptism, and should be faithfully 
insisted upon. 

MARCH 8, 1952 


Regular attendance upon the services of God's House 
should be set forth as vital to the Christian life and 
growth. Too often there is a tendency to wink at irregu- 
larity in attendance, when, in reality, there is nothing 
to hinder attendance but lack of disposition. No Christian 
can be indifferent to the opportunities and privileges of 
public worship without losing out spiritually. And he who 
has been called to be the overseer of the flock has not 
only the right, but the duty, to insist that the members 
of the fold shall not "neglect the assembling of them- 
selves together as the custom of some is." He is not to 
exercise himself as a petty king, lording it over his sub- 
jects, but as a faithful messenger of the Lord he is to 
earnestly impress upon them that the matter of attendance 
at the various services of God's house is a duty they owe 
to God, to themselves and to the church, and that such 
excuse as they might unflinchingly give to God is the 
only one that is worthy, and can free them from such 

At the beginning of a new Christian life such instruc- 
tion is essental and most effective if given at once. At 
such time the mind is usually more receptive of instruc- 
tion and more ready to act upon it. He who is permitted 
to enter upon the Christian life with no emphasis being 
placed upon this duty, can scarcely be blamed if he is slow 
to receive such instruction later. 

The importance of giving the new convert something to 
do is often overlooked. He is permitted to live "at ease 
in Zion" long enough to form the habit and then at a later 
time, when his services are really needed, he is reluctant 
to go to work. Work should be provided for every mem- 
ber so far as possible, and surely, there is work for all 
in any community. Aside from training him for service, 
the assignment of some task or position of responsibility 
to the new convert will greatly help to keep him faith- 
ful to Christ and the church. 

If nothing else can be discovered for the new Christian 
to do, he can be encouraged to help in the support of the 
church to the extent of his ability, and taught to give 
according as God prospers him. We are too fearful to 
instruct the new church members in this regard; but surely 
the stewardship of one's possessions is as important a 
matter for instruction as the proper mode of baptism. The 
support of the church of Christ and the extension of His 
kingdom ought to be laid as a responsibility upon the heart 
of every new-born child of God. It would not drive the 
truly converted away from the church, but would increase 
his love and loyalty for it. 

Lastly, if the fruits of the revival are to be conserved, 
the new converts must be taught concerning the funda- 
mental doctrines of the Bible, with special emphasis upon 
the distinctive tenets of the church. In the interest of 
self-preservation and the advancement of the church's 
plea, this is certainly essential, but if what we as a church 
stand for is as important as we profess to believe, it is 
far more essential to the life of the new convert than the 
life of the church. 

Every convert should be made, first of all, an intelli- 
gent Christian, and then a loyal Brethren. Unless it is 
worth while to instinct the new convert and disciple of 
the Lord concerning the beliefs and practices of our church 
and to urge loyalty in observing them, it is not worth 
while that we should continue the struggle for existence 

as a Church. If we believe we have a plea that it worth 
preaching and sacrificing for, let at teach It, and b 

in mind that the most, important time to teach it i« when 
the repentant sinner, who is saved by the ^ra':<- -,f God, 
comes with a receptive mind and heart to receive ini '.ruc- 
tion by the messenger of divine truth. 

Brethren Church History 

Dv Kev. I reeman Anknina 


(Continued from Last Week) 

Among the early Brethren settlers in the Cove section, 
and we list them as an aid to others tracing their lineage, 
are the following: Albrights, Allenbaughs, Blakes, Bur- 
kets, Bowers, Brumbaughs, Benners, Bulgers, Camerons, 
Cowens, Deeters, Dillingers, Emricks, Eversoles, Faulkners 
Flenners, Gensingers, Grabils, Hoovers, Holzingers, Knees, 
Lowers, Looses, Longneckers, Mack, Metzkers, Myers, 
Moores, Nisewangers, Puderbaughs, Rhodes, Strayer, 
Shonefelts, Stoners, Skyleses, Stouffers, Stoudenours, 
Smiths, Shifflers, Stonerocks, Tetwilers, Winelands, Ul- 
lerys and Bridenhalls. 

The first Church to be built south of Bakers Summit, 
and hard by the farm home of John Holsinger, was use 1 
by the people of the community until 1912. A commodious 
brick church was erected one hundred or more yards east 
which continues to serve the people. 

While this entire section of Pennsylvania is rich in 
Dunker history, the section in and around Bakers Summit 
is of especial interest. To the farm home of his daughter 
Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, and her husband Elder John 
Holsinger, came William Mack, as far as can be learned, 
in the year 1806. William sold his possessions in Franklin 
County and came to the Cove to spend his sunset years 
with the Holsinger family. William, the third generation 
head of the Macks, was the son of Alexander Mack, Jr. 
Here on February 13, 1813 he passed away at the age of 
63 years, 4 months and 11 days. William not being ac- 
tive as a Leader in the church made his record as to fam- 
ily difficult to locate. In fact this was a task of seven 
years for the writer until the matter could be unraveled 
as it were. 

The house that was built by the pioneer Holsinger and 
in which his father-in-law died can be located only by the 
foundation of the chimney. Eighty years ago the chimney 
stood like a lone sentinel looking from the mountain side 
to the valley below. It finally gave way to the elements. 
Following the abandonment of the original Holsinger 
home, another was built across the ravine to the north. 
This stood until the year 1934 when it gave way to the 
gnawing teeth of time. Another farm home farther south 
now takes its place. On the mountain side approximately 
200 yards to the west is a small family grave yard, size 
fifty by fourteen feet, containing eleven graves. 

The youngest grave identified contains the body of 
"Samuel, son of G. M. and S. Holsinger, Died September 
12, 1838, aged 2 years, 5 months and 5 days." It has been 
established bevond reasonable doubt by the testimony of 



his granddaughter that William Mack, the son of Alexan- 
der Mack. Jr.. and grandson of the original Alexander 
Mack is buried in this family plot. 

When the writer first visited this graveyard it was over- 
grown with briars and weeds. It was unkempt in every 
sense of the word. The fence no longer existed which at 
one time had protected its sacred ground. The farm is no 
longer owned by any of the descendants and in a very 
short period of time there is a possibility that this spot 
may be lost to posterity. This should not be, as there is 
much wealth in the possession of his descendants of 
which only a small amount would preserve to us the last 
resting place of those who were so closely connected with 
the beginning of our Church. 

From the Bakers Summit community the Brethren 
pressed their way on and over Dunnings Mountain into 
Allegheny County near the present village of Pleasant- 
ville. Here was established the "Mock" church. By this 
church in the adjoining cemetery were buried numerous 
pioneers of the work, among whom was George Mack 
Holsinger, the father of little two year old Samuel bur- 
ied on the Holsinger place on the east side of Dunnings 

Old Tussey Mountain to the east was a challenge, which 
was met. So over in the valley of the Juniata we have 
various settlements. This valley gave to us Martin Grove 
Brumbaugh, Historian, Author, Educator and Pennsyl- 
vania Governor who grew to manhood on one of the val- 
ley farms, and who today rests in the family cemetery 
not far from the village of Markelsburg or James Creek 
Post Office. 

George Mack Holsinger, bom on the Holsinger farm 
and the son of John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, was 
born May 26, 1804. A member of the Woodbury church 
and called to the office of Deacon before 1841, was the 
founder of the Dunnings Creek congregation. He had been 
called to the Ministry in 1845. Daniel Mack Holsinger, a 
younger brother of George was born on the old Holsinger 
farm October 22, 1812 and died January 31, 1886. He is 
buried in Clover Creek Cemetery. 

Daniel Mack Holsinger was one of the most outstand- 
ing of the Holsinger children. He was mentally progres- 
sive and desirous of an education. Daniel Mack Holsinger 
was the first of the early German Baptist preachers to 
use both German and English in his preaching and 
availed himself of every opportunity to increase his knowl- 
edge. Following his ordination to the Ministry in 1863 
he was given oversight of the Clover Creek congregation. 
Because of his fluency in both English and German he 
became one of the most popular ministers of the Cove. 
Receiving no remuneration for his services the many 
funerals and calls upon his time worked a dire hardship 
upon his making a livelihood. One who knew him well, 
the late Elder James A. Sell, gave the following informa- 
tion to the writer concerning him, "He had a wonderful 
head-brain, enough to shake a continent. He was not much 
of an executive and had lost about all his property. He 
was tall and slim, with hair that came down to his shoul- 
ders. Wore a regulation coat. His voice was clear with 
a peculiar twang. He wore a partial beard, had a straight, 
firm mouth, thin lips, and had no humor about him. He 
had talent for poetry, rhythm, and tune for hymns. He 
could recite forty Bible chapters verbatim and had the 

entire hymn book memorized. He was hindered by the 
ways of the Pennsylvania Dutch slowness." 

The last fifteen years of his life were spent in darkness. 
He made his way from the farm along the way where he 
lived slowly by the aid of his cane. 

His grandsons and others helped him along the way. 
One of those grandsons who furnished the writer with in- 
formation regarding him was the late Rev. Henry Hol- 
singer Brumbaugh of Bakers Summit. He owned the cane 
which became eyes to the old warrior of the cross and 
kindly showed it to the writer. It may be said in passing 
that Daniel Mack Holsinger was the father of Henry Ritz 
Holsinger who played such an important part in the his- 
tory of the church some seventy years ago and gave to 
the reading public "Holsinger's History of the Tunkers 
and the Brethren Church." 

These Godly pioneers have long since laid down the bur- 
dens of this life. Their bodies have in many states re- 
tured to the d.ust from which man originally came. Could 
they return to the scenes of their lives today would they 
consider the sacrifices they made for the faith worth 
while? To them the Mountains were only a challenge to 
their progress. Physical Mountains of their day have given 
way to Spiritual Mountains of our day. When visiting the 
scenes of their Labors, and standing in reverence by the 
graves of those who in those far off days lived, labored 
and made their contributions to the community in which 
they lived, the feeling comes over us that here rests the 
dust of God's heroes and heroines. Some day in the city 
of the Great King shall come our gathering together with 
them and others who also wait the crowning day. 

"Out upon the sloping hillside 
Is a spot to memory dear, 
There we lay our friends and loved ones 
When our hearts are sad and dread. 
They have laid aside their burdens, 
And their bodies are at rest, 
They are sleeping till the morning, 
With no heavings in their breast. 

"Here life's journey is completed, 
And the staff is laid aside, 
And we joined the countless numbers 
Who, like us, have lived and died. 
We give back to God, our Maker, 
What He fashioned from the dust, 
Leave it here to rest in comfort, 
Till it rises with the just." 

— (James A - Sell). 

St. James, Maryland. 


The Sixty-Fourth General Conference of the Brethren 
Church will be held on the campus of Ashland College 
and Seminary, August 18 to 24, 1952. 

Moderator, W. Clayton Berkshire 
Vice Moderator, Percy C. Miller 
Secretary, C. Y. Gilmer 
Assistant Secretary, Clarence Fairbanks 
Treasurer, Walter Lichtenberger 

MARCH 8, 1952 

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Cheyenne, IDyoming 

A few excerpts from Pastor Frank Garber's letter this 
week indicates a commendable spirit. While sending 
their Home Mission offering, his church expresses a de- 
sire to have a new work for the Lord started in some 
city not too far distant from them. 

Garber says, "We feel sure the Lord would bless any 
attempt to extend His Kingdom, especially when it comes 
from true and honest hearts." He further comments, "The 
Lord has abundantly blessed his work here, in the sav- 
ing of souls." 

Their attendance is on the increase and more new fam- 
ilies are being enlisted. They are planning a short series 
of special meetings before Easter. Pastor Garber adds, 
"We covet the prayers of God's people for our work." 

Tlotes from Argentina 

A number of interesting facts are gleaned from recent 
letters written by Superintendent Zeche and the Bylers 
in South America. 

Miss June Byler, who, with the help of, others, attempted 
to purchase a house in Buenos Aires, in which to begin 
a service center program with children, was hindered in 
her effort. The owner of the house, being unable to buy 
another, was unwilling to sell. Miss June says, "When the 
reply was given, I was neither surprised nor disappoint- 
ed." She is so willing to abide by the Lord's leading. 

This fine servant is thrilled with the experience she had 
last winter, working in a service center with another 
group, Her experience therein was invaluable. 

Superintendent Zeche says, "We are now happy that 
it is possible to have you reduce fifteen percent that 
which you have formerly been sending us. We sincerely 
hope and pray that the Missionary work here in Argen- 
tina may continue to increase in such manner that con- 
tinued reductions might be made in the future and that 
the members of each congregation might take more re- 
sponsibility, that the offerings of the kind Brethren of 
the U. S. A. might be put to other needy fields, where 
the love of Christ needs to be preached." 

Also he says, "We send our greetings and Christian 

love, desiring for all of you a very happy year full of 
richest blessings! from the Most High. We pray that to- 
gether our work might be guided by the Spirit of the 
Lord, and through it all the honor and glory be given 
to Him." 

THE WORLD at a Glanc 3 

LATIN AMERICA— 1 missionary to 55,000 population 
AFRICA — 1 missionary to 18,000 population 
INDIA and. PAKISTAN— 1 missionary to 100,000 popu- 

CHINA — 1 missionary to 200,000 population 
JAPAN — 1 missionary to 83,000 population 
CENTRAL ASIA — almost wholly unevangelized an 1 
mostly closed to foreign missionaries. 

ISLAND WORLD— 27,000,000 still unevangelized 
EUROPE— 150,000,000 Non-Christians. 
"The Church' of every generation is commissioned by 
Christ to evangelize the world in its generation. To evan- 
gelize the world is so to present Christ as the only Sav- 
ior and divine Lord that every human being will have a 
fair opportunity to accept or reject Him intelligently." 
— Francis Shunk Downs. 

"Lord, send me where Thou wilt, only go with me; lay 
on me any burden, only sustain me; cut any cord but the 
one that binds me to Thy cause, to Thy heart.'' — Titus 
Coan, of Hawaii. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

We are happy that our dedication of our new church 
was such a success. The rain came down, but the lovely 

people still came out to church. 

Here, when it rains, the people never stop going to the 
church. We don't have much rain so we really enjoy it 
once in a while. 

Rev. C. C. Grisso and his lovely wife are vacationing 
here, but he still is working with us. He is conducting a 
series of sermon-lectures, tracing the Plan of Redemption 
from Genesis to Revelation each Sunday evening. These 
messages are very interesting and helpful to all of us. 

(Continued on page 11) 



Introducing the Smithville, 

Ohio. 'IPastor 

THE REV. ROBERT DeMASS is now well along in 'his 
first pastorate in the Brethren Church at Smithville, 
Ohio. It is the purpose of this brief article to introduce 
him to the denomination at large. 

Rev. DeMass and his family came to Smithville from 
pastorates in the Drexel Evangelical-United Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio, and the North Hill E.U.J3. Church 
in Akron, Ohio. He accepted his present charge on October 
1, 1951. 

The new Brethren Minister was born in Doylestown, Ohio, 
but called Akron his home for many years. He attended 
Kent State University and Otterbein College, receiving his 
A.B. degree from the latter institution in 1944. He subse- 
quently received his B.D. degree from Bonebrake Theolog- 
ical Seminary in Dayton. For a shoit time he was enrolled 
in Moody Bible Institute. 

Always active in young people's work wherever he 
served, Rev. DeMass has been a leader in various inter- 
denominational youth enterprises. In 1948-49 he served as 
-t ate president for the Ohio Christian Endeavor Union. 

Mrs. DeMass (nee Dorothy Stauffer) is a native of 
Wooster, Ohio. She attended Ashland College from 1933 
to 1935. She has always been active in every work of the 
church, with special emphasis on the worship in music. 

The DeMasses have two children: Robert M., Jr., aged 
seven, and Timothy, aged four. 

Rev. and Mis. DeMass were baptized and received into 
the Brethren Church by Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire, a friend 
of years standing. Rev. DeMass serves under the super- 
vision of the Ohio District Ministerial Examining Board 
for his first year, after which he will be fully recognized 
as an Elder in the church. The Smithville congregation is 
thankful for the privilege of welcoming to the denomi- 
nation such an energetic and capable family, who preach 
the Word with devotion and vigor. The congregation an- 
ticipates continued growth under their leadership. 

Mrs. J. Garber Drushal, Corresponding Secretary. 

ike Mshland Sunday School 
Superintendent Writes 

Goncerning the Ghildrens TBible Glass 

Dear Brother Vanator: 

I was pleased to read the story of the Children's Bible 
Class in the February 23rd issue of the EVANGELIST. 
The article was so "good" in giving the important de- 
tails that I feel you should be commended for it. 

However there is much more to be said about the Chil- 
dren's Bible Hour. Not the least that can be said is the 
faithful and excellent work of Mr. and Mrs. Mohler. I 
don't think words can express the gratitude of the par- 
ents to the Mohlers for all that they have done for these 
children. The fact that these children have a knowledge 
of the Bible which they obtained under the kind instruc- 
tion of these two people and which surpasses the ordinary 
amounts of Bible instruction usually received by children, 
attests the outstanding worth of their work. 

The children too are grateful. I know they are, because 
some of them would rather have almost anything hap- 
pen to them than to miss that hour each week. They at- 
tempt to get there early so they can play Bible question 
and answer games. 

I don't seie how a church can afford to be without such 
a class. And for that matter, such a program of weekly 
Bible study has been proceeding in the Ashland Church 
under the pastorship of Herbert Rowsey. 


Donald Bame. 

« « » » i 

Some Conference Dates 


The Sixty-Fifth Conference of the Indiana District 
Brethren Churches and Bible Conference will be held at 
the Brethren Retreat, Shipshewana Lake, Indiana, June 9 
to 12, 1952. 

L. V. King, Moderator 
J. Edgar .Berkshire, Vice' Moderator 
C. Y. Gilmer, Secretary-Treasurer 
Miss Janet King Statistician. 


The Ohio District Conference will convene at Louisville, 
Ohio on Thursday afternoon, June 19th and close Sun- 
day noon, June 22nd. 

W. Clayton Berkshire, Moderator 
Smith F. Rose, Vice Moderator 
Fred C. Vanator, Secretary-Treasurer 
J. >E. Stookey, Assistant Secretary 
Paul M. Clapper, Statistician. 

MARCH 8, 1952 


Waterloo, Iowa 
TPastor and Wife 
Hold "Open House" 
Ht IParsonage 


The Serving Table at the "Open House" 

FEBRUARY THIRD was a big day for the Brethren 
people in Waterloo, Iowa. It was "Booster Sunday," 
which meant that our Sunday School attendance was to 
be boosted, at least to the 200 mark. When the attendance 
was finally tabulated, we found it to be 208! Our goal for 
1951 was 201, we never made it. Our goal for 1952 is 
222, we have a good start toward meeting it! We are 
going to try to meet it on Easter Sunday; and May 4 
is another "Booster Sunday." We are thrilled about our 
Sunday School attendance this past year, with an aver- 
age of 40 over the average of 1950. The Lord has blessed 
■us wonderfully. 

In observance of the beginning of our third year in 
Waterloo, Mrs. Gentle and I held open house at the par- 
sonage in the afternoon and evening of February 3rd. 
About 125 people paid a visit to the parsonage, which is 
very good considering the rainy weather. The Sisterhood 
girls of the church did the work of serving. Mrs. L. L. 
RuLon was in charge of the kitchen in the afternoon 
with Irlowain Hoard, Kay Lamb, Frances Glessner and 
Karen Carothers as helpers. Mrs. Merel Smith and Mrs. 
A. C. Glessner served at the table. In the evening, Mrs. 
Don Dietz and Mrs. Melvin Peck were in charge of the 
kitchen, with Donna Smith, Sue DeVeny, Jeannine Peck 

Rev. and Mrs. Spencer Gentle 

and Roberta Brown helping. Mrs. Wayne Lamb and Mrs. 
Harold Moser served at the table. Mrs. Georgia Riggle, 
the mother of our Sunday School superintendenet, fur- 
nished the flowers for the occasion. 

The Lord has certainly blessed us in the two years of 
service for Him at the First Brethren Church in Water- 
loo. Of course, we've had our trials and discouragements, 
but God has always helped and the people of the churcl. 
have faithfully stood by with their support. The members 
have proved to us that they are behind us 100 percent, 
which thrills us so. Even though we have been here only 
two years, we feel so very much at home and a part of 
the congregation. We certainly are happy in Waterloo 
and in the Church here. 

The church is growing in numbers, but the most impor- 
tant thing is the fact that we are growing spiritually. 
We are looking forward to many more years of work for 
the Lord in this field, and if we do the will of God, He 
will continue to bless us. 

Pray for us that we shall seek the will of God, and 
that we shall do that which is pleasing in His sight. 

Rev. Spencer Gentle. 


At the 142nd Annual Meeting of the Xew York Bible 
Society, held January 15, 1952 in its headquarters build- 
ing at 5 East 48th Street, New York. Dr. David J. Fant. 
General Secretary reported that during 1951 the Society 
distributed through its Agents and the churches of the 
city a total of 996,952 Bibles. Testaments, and Scripture 
portions. This brought the distribution of Scriptures 
throughout its history to 33,707.443 copies. 

The work of the Society centers about the harbor and 
the land area of New York, and is in eight divisions: 
immigration, marine, hotel, hospital, blind. Negro. Jew 
and foreign. As an evidence of the cosmopolitan charac- 
ter of the population. Scriptures are required in eighty- 
seven different languages. Spanish and Italian being most 
in demand after English. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

tiona on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Holy Com- 
munion to be observed on Thursday night. 

Gratis, Ohio. The Gratis W. M. S. joined the other 
Women's groups of Gratis in planning the "World Day 
of Prayer" which was held in our church on Friday, Feb- 
ruary 29th, from 2:00 to 3:00 o'clock. 

Special features were a part of the Sunday School hour 
on Sunday, February 10th, at which time a small log cabin 
was mounted on the railing of the platform, behind which 
Brother Virgil L. Barnhart paid tribute to Abraham Lin- 
coln. The Boy Scouts were also honored. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. The Young People of high school 
age were invited to the parsonage for a "get-acquainted" 
party which was given by the new pastor and family. 
Brother Byler says that there were thirty-one percent. 

A Student Choir, composed of youngsters from nine to 
fifteen years of age, was organized on Monday evening, 
February 18th. 

Nappanee, Indiana. The evening services of the Nap- 
panee Church were dismissed on Sunday, February 24th, 
in order that a delegation might attend the revival ser- 
vices at the Teagarden Brethren Church. 

The Laymen had charge of the morning service on Sun- 
day, March 2nd. 

We learn from Brother Meyer's bulletin that a Skating 
Party was scheduled for the Northern Indiana Brethren 
Youth at the Mishawaka rink on Thursday, March 6th. 

Huntington, Indiana. Brother C. Y. Gilmer writes as 
follows: "The Sunday School had an average attendance 
of 100 for January and 103 for February. The Max-ch goal 
is 110. On the evening of March 10th the W. M. S. will 
entertain all Sisterhood girls and their mothers in a 'get- 
acquainted' party. 

"The Mother-Daughter Banquet will be held on May 
1st, with Mrs. Russell Rodkey, National W. M. S. Vice 
President, as speaker. 

"An effective film on personal work and soul winning, 
'Doors of Decision,' will be shown by the Laymen on the 
evening of March 11th. Questions and answers on the 
subject will follow the showing." 

Loree, Indiana. We note from Brother Studebaker's bul- 
letin that an attendance of sixty men from the Loree 
Church was urged for the Southern Indiana District Lay- 
men's meeting which was held at the Loree Church on 
Monday evening, February 18th. Brother Studebaker 
writes on the margin of the bulletin, "The largest at- 
tendance of any Southern Indiana Laymen's meeting — and 
the Loree Church had sixty-three men present. 

We note that Mr. and Mrs. George Lippold, faithful 
members of the Loree Church, celebrated their fifty-fifth 
Wedding anniversary on Sunday, February 3rd. 

North Manchester, Indiana. We note that .Brother Wolfe 
is planning a Class in Church Membership for all chil- 
dren between the ages of eleven and fifteen. This is in 
preparation for baptism and church membership at the 
Easter time. 

Flora, Indiana. Brother Stewart says that the member- 

ship were asked to spend some time on Wednesday, Feb- 
ruary 27th in their church "clean-up" day. 

The World Day of Prayer service was held in our church 
on Friday, February 29th. 

We note that Flora had twenty-two of the one hundred 
and forty-four men that attended the Southern District 
Laymen's meeting at the Loree Church. 

It seems that "flu' has had a hand in cutting the at- 
tendance of many of our churches. Brother Stewart says 
that their attendance on Sunday, February 24th was al- 
most cut in half. 

Oakville, Indiana. The Oakville Church joined with the 
Muncie churches in the observance of the World Day of 
Prayer. The services were held in the Muncie Baptist 

An Easter Sunrise Service is being planned by the Oak- 
ville youth classes. An Easter breakfast will also be 
served by the Willing Workers Class. 

Brother and Sister Bright Hanna, Oakville, attended 
the Southern Indiana District minister's quarterly meet- 
ing at the home of Brother and Sister Austin Gable. They 
report a fine time. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Waterloo ladies joined in the ob- 
servance of the World Day of Prayer which was held in 
the Graves E. U. B. Church on February 29th. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White reports the 
baptism and reception of two more on Sunday, February 

Certificates and Seals were presented to forty who had 
a perfect Sunday School attendance during the year 1951. 
Two others, John Hartman and Alberta Bushman, have 
had more than twenty years of perfect attendance re- 
quired for certificates and seals. The awards were made 
to persons who had perfect attendance for from one year 
to those who had fourteen years to their credit. 

Tucson, Arizona. Brother Grisso says, "Our church 
membership is still slightly under fifty. But we trust that 
by the time our first year is completed in April that we 
will be well over that number. While the membership is 
under the fifty mark, we are encouraged by the consistent 
attendance of considerably more than that number." 

The Tucson mid-week services are growing. They have 
now passed the thirty attendance mark. 

Holy Communion is scheduled for Thursday evening, 
April 10th. 

Oarleton, Nebraska. We learn that the Carleton drive 
for attendance paid off when there were 108 in attendance 

More Press Room Rags. Three bundles of Rags for the 
press room came by the hand of Brother Beekley from 
three Warsaw ladies — Mrs. Mildred Kelly, Mrs. John 
Yarian and Mrs. Roy Stiver. 


The secretarial omission of the one and the two-year 
term members of the Fraternal Relations Committee in the 
late Annual Conference Number is heareby corrected by 
a listing of the entire committee: 
1952— J. F. Locke* R. Ff. Porte, W. I. Duker 
1953— Myron Kern, W. Clayton Berkshire, C. Y. Gilmer, 

W. E. Ronk 
1954 — E. J. Beekley, Freeman Ankrum, E'. L. Miller. 

MARCH 8, 1952 


Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

Ashland (Ohio) College will observe its third annual 
Christian Emphasis Week program beginning March 10 
this year, the committee in charge of the hilltop activity 
has announced. This year, ministerial and lay leaders of 
various denominations will participate in the lecture, panel, 
and question sessions of the week. Among the speakers 
will be Dr. J. Garber Drushal of the Speech Department 
of Wooster College; Reverend William J. Shawk, pastor 
of the Mansfield Evangelical United Brethren Church; 
Reverend Calveth P. Mitchel, pastor of the St. Paul's Lu- 
theran Church in Mansfield; Mr. Glenn Crow, personnel 
manager of the Flxible Corporation in Loudonville; and 
Dr. Claude Garrison, pastor of the King Avenue Meth- 
odist Church in Columbus. 

Dr. Drushal, a graduate of Ashland College, will speak 
on Monday on the topic, "The Christian Student and his 
Friends." On Tuesday, Reverend Shawk will use the topic, 
"The Christian Student and His Civic Affairs." "The 
Christian Student and his God" will be the subject which 
Reverend Mitchel will discuss on Wednesday. On Thurs- 
day, Mr. Crow will speak on "The Christian Student and 
his Job"; and on Friday, Dr. Garrison will close the dis- 
cussion with the subject, "The Christian Student of 1952." 
He will summarize the entire findings of the week. 

The speakers will be available on the afternoons of their 
talks, and students may schedule conferences with any 
or all. 

The formal talks are scheduled for the 9:50 chapel pe- 
riod each morning, and the public is invited. Classroom 
periods and discussions are scheduled at various times 
during the day so as not to interrupt classes unduly. 

Last year, Reverend Bob Richards, champion pole vault- 
er, was the guest of the college for this event. 

Acting as chairmen of the various chapels will be Pro- 
fessors Delbert Flora, Arthur Stunz, Mildred Furry, David 
Loyd, and President Glenn L. Clayton. The following stu- 
dents will participate: Lyle Lichtenberger, Phil Lersch, 
Leonard Solt, and Harold Barnett. 

Missionary Page 

(Continued from page 7) 

His wife is a great help to the Missionary Society. We 
are working very hard to get new members and workers. 

Our choir is one of which we are very proud. For a 
church that is just getting started, we really have some 
true and faithful workers. We thank God that He has been 
so good to us in sending our leader of music, Mrs. Ken- 
neth Seiler, to us. She has really been a wonderful work- 
er in our choir and church. All of these lovely people who 
are visiting us- and make us realize that we have so 
much to thank God for. And we will never forget our 

true and faithful Deacon and Deaconess, Mr. and Mrs. 
Condit Smith. 

We are praying for our coming Easter week. May 
win many souls to Christ in the near future. I know your 
prayers have been answered and hope you will still remem- 
ber us in the future. You have been so good to us all. 

Last Sunday (February 10th) we had the installation 
of our new officers, who were: 

Moderator Condit A. Smith 

Trustees — Three years: Russell .Berryman, Louis W. Millet 

Two years: Lloyd Beal 

One year: John Owens, Donald Pittinger 

Clerk Lloyd Frick.s 

Financial Secretary Walter Sheets 

Treasurer Kenneth Seiler 

Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Lela Miller 

Head Usher Donald Scott 

Assistant Usher J. Earl Scott 

May the good Lord be with you all and help all as he 
has us. 

Mrs. Leila Miller, 

2501 South 4th Avenue, 

Tucson, Arizona. 

Che College Chapel Diary 
As Observed by The Editor 

We had hoped to come to you with a full story of the 
First Chapel Exercises in the New College Chapel, but 
from the looks of things at the present writing, such 
opening service has to be postponed for a few days. Since 
the last report, however, preliminary work has been done 
for the pouring of the material which is to be laid for 
the walk into the front of the building from College Ave- 
nue, and that one which is to be run from the Dormitory 
north entrance to the east entrance of the Chapel. 

We are giving you a glimpse of ho>v both the base- 
ment and the upper auditorium looked several weeks ago. 
However, all has been cleared out of both places and 
chairs are in readiness for the opening chapel in the 
basement. No services will be held in the auditorium until 
the pews are in place, and this will not be for several 
weeks yet. It is surely hoped that all will be in readiness 
for the closing meetings of the school year. 

More next week, and we hope to be able to report the 
First Chapel Exercises at that time. 


The Southeastern District Conference will convene at 
the Maurertown Brethren Church, Maurertown. Virginia. 
June 17, 18 and .19, 1952. 

Guy Ludwig. Moderator 

John F. Locke, Vice Moderator 

C. S. Fairbanks, Secretary-Statistician 

Cecil .Bolton, Assistant Secretary 

Dyoll Belote, Treasurer. 





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Topic for March 16, 1952 


Revelation 21:1-7; 10-25; 22:1-5 

WHEN WE SPEAK OF HEAVEN we naturally think 
of the "place" where good people go when they die. 
If you were to make a survey of church members, and 
of non-church members, you would find that most every- 
body thinks they are going to some paradise when they 
die. Sinful hearts fashion that paradise as a place of un- 
restrained passions and pleasures. Righteous people have 
another idea. Right or wrong, though, few, if any, be- 
lieve that they shall ever go to a place of toi'ment. So, 
with all these and many other ideas, what do we really 
believe about heaven? All of us hope we shall go there 
when we die, so we should know what it's going to be 
like, and how to get there. 

1. HEAVEN, A PLACE. In Old Testament days, God 
spoke from heaven. So, we understand that heaven is 
God's dwetTing place. Christ said in the New Testament 
that He was going to prepare a place for His followers. 
So, it is truly a place of many mansions, of endless light 
and provision. But the heaven for us is to be a new 
heaven, for it is the place which Christ said He was 
going to prepare. Heaven, as we understand it, prior to 
this, was the place where Christ had glory with the Fa- 
ther before the worlds were made. This heaven to which 
we go is a real, literal place. It stands to reason that 
heaven will not be any less happy than earth. So it could 
not be any less real. In fact it is far more real, for it is 
perfect and everlasting. It is a place of streets and pal- 
aces, trees and a river. It will truly be the place of the 
fulfillment of the Christian's fondest dreams as relating 
time, space, provision, and fellowship. 

there, as will the Holy Spirit. Angels will be there, along 
with the redeemed of all ages. We are told that even 
though death overtakes us in the natural life, that our 
body shall be raised in perfectness and shall be re-united 
with the soul forevermore. All the Old Testament saints 
who died in faith and to whom Christ revealed Himself 
as the Messiah and Saviour following His death on the 
cross, shall be there. All Christians who received salva- 
tion since then, shall be there. Nothing will be mystic, 
or dreamy, in heaven. We have reality here, subject to 
the limitations of the flesh, time and distance. There we 
shall have reality without such limitations. You will be 
just so much a person, and a lot more so, as you are right 

3. WE SHALL KNOW. Sometimes Christians "carry 
on" at a funeral of a loved one as if it means an abso- 
lute separation. Christians should have more faith than 
that. The Christian does not die; he just goes on ahead. 
The grief of separation can be understood, but not the 
scream of hopelessness. And we really never are sepa- 
rated from our loved ones. Hebrews hints at the great 

cloud of witnesses, and that having these witnesses, we 
are to run our race with patience, we are. to be faithful, 
until we too shall join their number. We are told that 
"we shall know even as also we are known." Do you think 
heaven would be worth looking forward to if it were not 
a place where we could see our loved ones again? We 
shall see those whom we know, and get to know a lot 
more of whom we have heard. When death removes a 
Christian loved one, we have the memory of their life 
as a source of strength and encouragement. The antici- 
pated joy of meeting again is one of the greatest incen- 
tives for living a true Christian life. 

about heaven has caused as much discussion or disagree- 
ment among Christians as this one concerning the where- 
abouts of the souls of those who have died in Christ. 
Catholics speak of purgatory where the departed souls 
must stay until relatives can pay enough to get them out. 
Then there is the doctrine of soul sleeping, in which the 
soul is said to be sleeping until the time of the resurrec- 
tion. Both of these ideas are false. Paul says, "we are 
confident, and will rather be absent from the body and 
present with the Lord." For all time, Paul under the in- 
spiration of the Holy Spirit says, that when we Christians 
die, we go to be with the Lord. Do you think that, when 
Christ walks beside us here on earth, and watches over 
us, that in death He would put us in a place (even tem- 
porarily) of torment, or would put us asleep? We say 
we have heaven on earth because Christ is here with us. 
At death, we certainly would not have any less of heaven. 
So, in life, in death we are with Christ. Where is Christ? 
He is in heaven with the Father. So, at death, we go 
straight to heaven where we shall join the ranks of the 
redeemed of all ages. When Christ comes for His Church 
at the rapture, we shall return with Him and shall be re- 
united with our bodies, at that moment raised from the 
grave in a perfect, glorified state. 

5. FURTHER THOUGHTS. Much more should be said 
about heaven, but words fill up space and space is limited. 
We shall receive our rewards, we shall know each other 
in a fuller, more complete way than here. In other words, 
in heaven we shall take up this life anew. We become 
Christians here, we grow in grace, and there we become 
complete in grace. We have an eternal career, not even 
interrupted at the moment of death. Death to the Chris- 
tain is but a step into the greater life. It is not a step 
into the unknown. It is a step into the perfect fellowship 
of God in heaven. 

6. GETTING READY. We have heard that "heaven is 
a prepared place for a prepared people." It is all of that. 
Sin ruined God's first paradise. Christ gave His life on 
the cross to open the way to the second paradise. So, we 
who accept Christ as our Saviour from sin, and in His 
strength overcome the world, thus to live a true Chris- 
tian life, shall be residents of heaven. Christ is the way 
and the door to heaven. None shall enter therein except 
those who have come to Him and assert that He is the 
Son of God, and who acccept Him as their Saviour. 
Heaven is not a prize to be given automatically at the 
end of our days of careless, indifferent living. Heaven is 
a place, a reality to which we shall go, having striven, 
having overcome in the name of Christ all those things 
of sin and temptations here on earth. Then we shall sing 
and be happy forevermore. 

MARCH 8, 1952 


Prayer meeting 

IBy (P. T. §ilmev 

(With this study Brother Gilmer begins a consecutive 
study of the Gospel of John by chapters. Many will wel- 
come such a study, and again let us say that even though 
these studies are not used in your church's prayer service, 
they form a fine study for the home or groups meeting 
to study the Word of God. We are sure Brother Gilmer 
would be glad to hear from you concerning your use of 
these studies. — Editor) 

* * * * 


No mere man is the Christ I know, 
But greater far than all below. 
Day by day His love enfolds me; 
Day by day His power upholds me. 
All that a God could ever be 
The Man of Nazareth is to me. 

No mere man is the Christ I find 
Standing alone among human kind, 
Living, amid earth's sin and strife, 
Time's miracle, a perfect life. 
All that a God could ever be 
Earth's perfect One has been to me. 

No mere man can forgive my sin 
And break the reigning power within, 
Or reach down to my deepest need 
And give a life that is life indeed. 
All that a God could ever be 
That must my Saviour be to me. 

No mere man can my strength sustain 

And drive away all fear and pain, 

Holding me close in His embrace 

When death and I stand face .to face. 

Then all that God could ever be 

The Unseen Christ will be to me. — Sel. 

John 1:1, 14 

Christ is THE Son of God. So said the demons (Mark 
4:41); the disciples (Matt. 14:33); John the Baptist (John 
1:34); the Centurion (Matt. 27:54); the angel (Luke 
1:35); the book of John (20:31); the Ethiopian convert 
(Acts 8:37); Paul, the preacher (Acts 9:20). This His 
resurrection verified (Rom. 1:4). 

I am A son of God BY ADOPTION (Gal. 4:5; Eph. 
1:3 through faith in Christ as my personal Savior. The 
Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY begotten Son (John 3:16)— 
"the only-one-of -its-kind Son." I am but A HUMAN SON, 
while Christ is THE DIVINE SON. Some say that I am 
divine, too, and that the only difference between me and 
Christ in sonship is the degree of our divinity. But God's 
Word is against this (Rom. 7:18). Everything in Christ 

is divine There is nothing in me, myself that \v, divine. 

Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God . . . ' 

1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, arid the Word 
was with God, and the Word was God." Add to this the 
reading of verses 2 and '■',. Christ existed at the time of 
creation. In fact, He is the uncreated Son of God beca 
He always WAS (John 17:5;. When the Word took on a 
human body He did not cease to he the Word — to be di- 
vine (John 1:14). He took upon Himself the human in 
addition to His divine nature in order to become the Me- 
diator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5). By reason of 
His perfect human nature as well as His perfect di 
nature He was able to make an all-sufficient sacrifice for 
sin on Calvary (Heb. 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19). He took upon 
Him a human soul (John 12:27) to experience our inner- 
most sorrows, distresses and temptations, and to suffer 
the hell of the soul of sinners (Acts 2:27) as their Sub- 
stitute (Isa. 53:3, 4, 10. 2 Cor. 5:21; Matt. 27:46). Be- 
cause He became incarnate He is able to succor us (Heb. 

The transfiguration was but one instance of the revela- 
tion of His glory as the only begotten Son of God (Matt. 
17:2, 5; 2 Peter 1:16; John 1:14). He came to put away 
sin (Heb. 9:26) and to reveal to us the Father (John 

Qomments on the Lesson by the Cciitov 

Lesson for March 16, 1952 


Lesson: Acts 16:1-3; Phil. 2:19-24; II Tim. 2:1-5 

TF WE REALLY WANT TO FIND the key to the inter- 
pretation of our lesson for this week, we will turn 
to the Golden Text, found in Paul's first letter to Timothy 
(I Tim. 4:12) — "Let no man despise thy youth; but be 
t'hou an example to the believers, in word, in conversa- 
tion, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." Or as Mof- 
fatt translates it, "Let no man slight you because you are 
a youth, but set the believers an example of speech, be- 
haviour, love, faith and purity." 

Because of the outcome of Timothy's life, we realize 
that he followed Paul's advice to a letter, for it is a sure 
thing that Timothy became a most "dependable follower" 
of the Lord. 

In Paul's second letter to Timothy we find Paul stating 
his conviction that Timothy had the proper kind of home 
training to give him a real foundation for future living. 
He is reminding Timothy of the fact that the training 
he had received at the knees of his mother and grand- 
mother would stand him in good stead as he went through 
life. He urges Timothy to "stir up the gift which was in 
him" — that is to keep the talents possessed in constant 
use so they might not become mere "settlings" in the 
crucible of life. Paul reminds him that he is to be an 



example to those around him and sets forth the charac- 
teristics of such a life as he is to live it before men: 

1. Be an example in word. "Be careful what you say," 
says Paul, "for by that which you say men will judge 
your ordinary, every-day conversation." I once had a 
teacher whose favorite expression was, "Say what you 
mean, and by all means, mean what you say." The every- 
day language we use is the expression of our attitude to- 
ward life. 

2. Be an example in conversation. This would seem to 
be a repetition of the above "word." ,But let us remem- 
ber that the word which is translated "conversatoin" here 
means "manner of living." In other words Paul is say- 
ing, "Be an example before men in the way you conduct 
yourself." Men see actions rather than words. Far too 
often our lips speak one language and our lives speak 
another. James puts it this way, "The tongue is a fire 
. . . out of the same moutjh proceedeth blessing and curs- 
ing . . . My Brethren, these things ought not to be." The 
manner of our lives is reflected in our attitudes to all of 
these things. 

3. Be an exacnple in charity (love). It has been said' 
that love begets love. John in I John 2:15, gives us the 
negative of this admonition when he says, "Love not the 
world, neither the things in the world." We find the posi- 
tive in the words, "God is love." It is the positive love 
of God that we are admonished to show to men as an ex- 
ample of a ti-ue Christian spirit. 

4. Be an example in spirit. That is, in the manner and 
disposition in which we do things. 

5. Be an example in faith. Faith is an essential to every 
life. Paul says that the life which is to be lived is to be 
so lived "by faith in the Son of God, whoi loved us and 
gave his life for us." 

6. Be an example in purity. Out of a pure life will 
flow pure thoughts, pure actions and as a result the en- 
tire life will be pure. 

Such a life was lived by Timothy, #s is shown by his 
entire history. He became a "dependable follower" as is 
evidenced in the texts used in our lesson: as a dependable 
minister at Lystra (Acts 16:1-30); a dependable messen- 
ger to Philippi (Phil. 2:19-24); and a dependable mis-' 
sionary at Ephesus (II Tim. 2:1-5). 

Will God be able to write at the end of your life — 
"This one was a dependable follower!" 




RACH-IRVIN. On Saturday afternoon, November 24, 
L951, Mr. Roy Dean Rach and Miss Delores Irvin were 
united in marriage in a double ring ceremony at the 
Brethren Church in Ardmore, Indiana. Both of these young 
people are active Christians and members of the church 
here. They live in Memphis, Tennessee, where Mr. Rach 
is with the United States Navy. We wish them God's bless- 

R. F. Porte. 



(Continued from last week) 

I wish we had the time and space to mention more 
about the wonderful blessings that have come to the 
Lord's work here. The first to bring a load of eatables was 
the Waterloo, Iowa, Brethren Church, and they are con- 
tinuing their food helpfulness in the way of supplying 
more meat for the dining room. We had thought so much 
about what these eatables mean to the work. It was the 
first time that so much came in. IT HAS HELPED A 
LOT. You who gave a little here, and a little there, did 
not possibly miss it so much, but these "littles" accumu- 
lated, and has amounted to the "great deal" here. We 
wish we might grasp each of you who have given by the 
hand, and thank you for it, but that we cannot do. The 
best we can do is to assure you that the Lord knows who 
you are, and will bless you and reward you for what 
you have done, just as certainly as I am writing this 

But one of the big events of the year, and in the life 
of the work, came to it on the 24th of January. La6t 
summer at Camp time here, Brother W. B. Brant saw the 
need of a bus for the work. He told us he would get up 
one for the work. We had prayed much for Brother Brant 
and the bus, and then finally we saw Brother Woodrow 
.Brant of the Vinco, Pennsylvania, Church and Brother 
George Leidy of Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, come here on 
the above date with a mighty good-looking bus,— well, 
things just broke loose for a while. The high school folks 
just bolted out of classes to see this bus. When one of 
the grade rooms saw it, the children suggested having 
prayer, and they did, thanking God for this splendid bus. 
We ourselves were away when the Brethren came in with 
the bus, and when we saw it we, at first, thought that it 
could not be for the work, as it looked so good. But 
when we saw Rev. Woodrow Brant we then realized that 
they had brought it for the work. It was a time or real 
rejoicing when that bus arrived. 

I wish you all could see it, inside and outside, it looks 
so good. It has a 1948 Dodge motor, the body being some 
older, but it looks mighty good. I wish we could adequate- 
ly thank Brother Brant for what he has done in getting 
this bus for the work, and also Brother Leidy who did 
much of the work on it, and everyone who gave for it. 
But again we cannot reach you all, and it would mean 
so little if we could, compared with the blessings that 
the Lord has in store for all who helped in this wonder- 
ful blessing to the work here. 

The coming of this bus means more than just the bus 
itself. It is a good morale builder, and it was needed at 

MARCH 8, 1952 


this time. We mean by that, that there were so many 
things here needing to be done, and the students saw it 
too, and it was hurting. The coming of this good-looking 
and good bus helped the situation very much. 

Then, lastly, we know that this article is long. ,But 
there is one thing more that we would like to place be- 
fore you, asking that you make it a matter of prayer. 
This is the need of another building here; a gym floor 
and more class rooms also. HOW THE WORK CAN 
NOT SEE. Will you pray for enough money to start the 
building, and when it is started, we believe local folks 
will help much. Many have told me that when we got to 
the erecting of this building they would help. They seem 
to be waiting for the starting of this building. Will you 
join us in prayer that it may be started this spring? We 
knew your prayers will help much.. Thank you, and God 
bless you. 

— G. E. Drushal. 


As usual, it has been some time since a report has 
been sent in to the Church paper about the activities of 
the Elkhart Church. We do appreciate the notes which the 
Editor places in each issue which he gleans from the Cal 
endars sent to him from the various Churches. These 
often give the highlights of the activities. 

It was just a year ago we had our revival with Rev. 
Melton. We had about as bad a weather season as we 
had all winter. In spite of this we had a good meeting. 
This winter we planned to get ahead of winter weather 
by having our meeting the first part of November. But 
we were poor weather prophets as so many others were, 
for we hit about the worst weather we have had this win- 
ter. Coming so early in November we were not quite 
ready for it. The first snow and cold spell always affects 
people more than later after we become more accustomed 
to it. So the .attendance was not quite as high as in for- 
mer revivals. We usually have quite a few unsaved peo- 
ple attending our services. This was not so true this year. 

The Evangelist was our own Brother J. Ray Klingen- 
smith. Those who faced the change of weather, however, 
were greatly blessed. Ray was his old' self and preached 
with earnestness and conviction, making his sermons 
largely of a Bible Study nature. This was very helpful 
to the members of the Church. The direct results of the 
meeting in regard to additions were 20 first-time confes- 
sions. Nearly half of these were adults. Most of them have 
united with the Church. A few are yet to be baptized. 
There have been others since. At present we have 7 await- 
ing baptism. 

We had 107 responses to the invitation during the year 
1951. Of this number 86 have united with the Church, 
a few will yet come and a few have united with other 
churches. As usual a few were prevented by their apr- 

We have a goal of 62 new converts between now and 
Easter. Rev. Billy Rice will be with us for ,a week's meet- 
ing in March 16th to 23rd. If we are successful in reach- 
ing this number it will bring our membership above the 

But the Elkhart Church does have her problem M 

Well as any other Church. We are not doing the thingH 
we ought to do in view of our opportunities. These are 
greater than in any Church I have served to date. The 

attendance is not at all v. hat it ought to be in vie.', of 
our membership and large field of proxpwts. We have too 
large an inactive roll and so many who do not corne 
ularly. This makes it difficult, to have a high average at- 
tendance. Elkhart ought to run a Bible School of 500 or 
600 each Sunday. Although our Church leads the denom- 
ination in Mission giving and in .Benevolence and in Bible 
School attendance, we have a long way to go yet to reach 
even within 50% of our possibilities. So we have not at- 
tained. We still need the prayers of the Brotherhood 

The Church needs to start a new Mission Church within 
the city limits. Other denominations with much smaller 
churches in the city are doing it. There is also need of 
some Pastoral assistance. No one Pastor can do justice 
to nearly 1000 members and still touch the many new 
prospects. Even with constant visiting it takes a year to 
cover the entire membership, let alone the new homes 
that ought to be reached. Will you pray that the Church 
may soon launch out on such a program ? 

— L. V. King. 


This is our first report since coming to Cerro Gordo, 
Illinois, to become the pastor of the Brethren Church 
here; therefore we desire to send greetings to the Breth- 

We arrived here August 28, 1951, and found the newly- 
acquired pai^sonage all ready for us. As we have no fur- 
niture of our own we had asked the church to furnish 
the parsonage, which they did by buying a house already 
furnished, even to some bedding and linens, as well as 
dishes and kitchen utensils. 

We began our ministry by having charge of the Prayer 
Service the following evening and though the attendance 
was not so great we felt that the Lord was there to bless. 
Then on Thursday evening of that week we met with the 
young people in their weekly service and enjoyed their 
program very much. Since then the young people, now 
known as the ".Brethren Youth Crusaders," hold their wor- 
ship program on Sunday evening and on Thureday eve- 
nings they alternate with recreation and gospel team 

The first part of September the church held a reception 
for us at the parsonage. There was about sixty people in 
attendance and we really enjoyed meeting and getting ac- 
quainted with the members and friends of the church. We 
appreciated very much the many gifts that were given 
to us at that time and also at Christmas. 

Early in September we organized a Laymen's group 
and since that time we have enjoyed the monthly meet- 
ing with them. 

We traveled to L'dell. Iowa, for the General District 
Conference in October, and enjoyed learning of the work 
going on in the district. 

In November we held our first evangelistic meeting. It 
was not only the first since coming here, but also the 
first time for the preacher to try holding an evangelistic 
meeting, but that was what the church wanted. The vis- 



iblo results was one young girl who accepted the Lord KURTZ. Charles Kurtz, aged sixty yearn, died very sud 

and has since been baptized and received into the church. denly on December 17, 1951, soon after arriving at tht 

The Christmas Program was very good, with the chil- factory in which he worked. He had been a teacher in tht 

dren and young people participating in the various parts. Bible School, and had taught his class the day before and 

The pastor and his family received some very lovely gifts san S in the choir. He was also a former President of tht 

from the \V. M. S.. S. M. M., and various members of Men ' s Brotherhood and Financial Treasurer of Benevo- 

the church. lences. He leaves to mourn his going, his daughter, Mrs. 

At the present time we are looking forward to Spring June Hou S h and a son Robert - Funeral services at th * 

Camp which will be held here in our church March 21, church in chai S e of his P astor > the undersigned. 

J2 and 23. Wo are also looking forward to our spring SMITH. John Jacob Smith passed away in his sleep on 

evangelistic meeting which will be held March 30 through February 4, 1952, at the age of eighty years. He united 

Easter Sunday, with Rev. Cecil H. Johnson as our evan- with the Brethren Church at Akron, Indiana, in 1889 un- 

gelist. der the ministry of Elder D. A. Hopkins. He has been ai 

We are looking forward to a wonderful year with the faithful member of the Elkhart Church for forty years, 
help of the Lord. We ask an interest in all your prayers, His wife was ill at the time of his passing and confined 
that the Lord might bless the work here. to the hospital. They would have celebrated their fifty- 
Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas, pastor. eighth wedding anniver-sary on February 10th. .Besides the 

wife, a daughter, Mrs. Freda Taylor, survives. 

•^J^ooe* 9 L. V. King. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA SHORB). Anne Calvert Shorb was born May 30, 1870, at 

(Gleaned from Brother Shannon's bulletins) Milford, Indiana, the daughter of Rev. Jesse and Mrs. 

Barbara (Anglemyer) Calvert, and passed to her eternal 

Two confessions of Christ were made on Sunday, De- reward on January 29, 1952 at the age of 81 years, 7 

cember 23, 1951, and two more were made on Sunday, mon ths and 29 days. She was married to Charles A. 

January 13th. These four were received into the church shorb on January 28, 1897. To this union were born twin 

by baptism and confirmation on Sunday morning, January sons— Jesse Calvert Shorb and Charles Calvert Shorb, both 

20th. of whom survive her passing. Mr. Shorb passed away on 

On Wednesday evening, December 19th, seventy-five peo- June 12, 1941. 

pie enjoyed a Christmas supper. This was a fine repre- Sister Shorb was the first convert i n the Warsaw, In- 

sentation of the Sunday School. Then on Sunday, Decern- diana> Brethren Church in 1892, during a revival held by 

ber 23rd, a Christmas pageant was presented under the the late Rev L W Ditch . S he has been a loyal member 

supervision of Mrs. Ella Miller and directed by Mrs. Fran- of the church during her lifetime. Funeral services were 

ces Rachow. There were about one hundred in attendance held in the i^^^ Funer al Home in Warsaw on Friday, 

at this service. February 8, 1952, the undersigned officiating. Burial in 

On Thursday evening, December 27th, the members of Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, 

the church staged a surprise party on the Shannons in R F p orte) Smith Bend; Indiana> 
honor of their Fifth Wedding Anniversary. 

A large crowd enjoyed the fellowship, eats, and film, 

preceding the devotional services as the Old Year went PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING 

out and the New Year arrived. Feb. 21-28, 1952 

The first Wednesday night in the new year was marked H M Qberholtzer, Cincinnati, Ohio $ 5.00 

with a division of the groups in their mid-week service Hagerstown, Maryland Brethren Church 216.75 

-three in number now, and on January 9th this division gt Jameg) Maryland Brethren Church 48.20 

got into action in reality. The initial attendance was North Va ndergrift, Penna., Brethren Church .... 16.00 

twenty-eight and according to the bulletin of February Mt 01ive> virginia Brethren Church 4.00 

3rd, the attendance had risen to forty on January 30th. New Lebanonj 0hio Bret hren Church 110.00 

The Junior Choir went "A Cheer'n" on Sunday after- Ft. Scott, Kansas Brethren Church 2.00 

noon, January 27th, visiting the homes of some in the Vinco, Pennsylvania Brethren Church 181.28 

community who are not able to attend worship services. Sergeantsville, New Jersey Brethren Church . . 10.00 

——^ l ^^^^ mm ^ mmmm _ m ^ mmmm _ mmm ^ m __ m ^ mmm .^_^^ m _ mmmmmmmm West Alexandria, Ohio Brethren Church 25.00 

Flora, Indiana Brethren Church 44.50 

3p *V x |rt tf i, Park St. Ashland, Ohio Brethren Ch. (additional) 40.00 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Total $ 702.73 

■"■^™"™*™ m^mmmimmt _____ Ba ^ BBiaa ■■■—■■ Previously reported $2,587.74 

SANDERS. Glenn Sanders, a faithful member of the 

Elkhart, Indiana, Brethren Church passed to his reward Total to date $3,290.47 

on December 17, 1951 at the age of sixty years. Funeral ""CORRECTIONS 

services were conducted at the Church by the under- February 27, 1952 issue — the name Mr. & Mrs. S. A. 

signed, his pastor. His wife preceded him in death by just Djuncan should be Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Duncan, March 1, 

three months. Surviving are a son, and many other rel- 1952 issue — the church listed as Vinco Brethren Church 

atives. should be Conemaugh Brethren Church. 

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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

Vol. LXXIV, Ho. 11, 

March 15, 1952 

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September 3. 1928. 

Items of general Interest 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks says, "Yes, there 
is big news for all young people of our church between 
the ages of ten and eighteen. February 10th Mrs. W. S. 
Porte and Mrs. Harold Babcock began the organization 
of a .Brethren Youth Group. Meetings are being held from 
7:00 oo 7:45 on Sunday evenings." 

A good start was made in the Washington Quarterly 
Building Fund Offering when the first report showed the 
receipt of $1,007.00. The goal is $1,500.00. 

St. James, Maryland. The St. James Sunday School 
awarded "first year" pins for perfect attendance for 1951 
to seven persons; "four year bar" was awarded to 6even; 
"second year wreath" to ten; "fifth year bar" to four; and 
"6even year bar" to one. 

The St. James Laymen, a most active organization, had 
a box social at the church on Friday evening, February 
22nd. A fine time is reported. 

We note that the Hon. Theodore McKeldin, Maryland 
Governor, is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the eve- 
ning services on Sunday evening, March 16th. 

Brother Ankrum reports that at a recent Boys' Brother- 
hood meeting there was a 100% attendance. 

Gatewood, W. Virginia. We see that the Gatewood 
church has changed the time of their evening service— 
the Brethren Youth Crusaders meeting at 7:30, with the 
evening worship being held at 8:00 o'clock. 

Mt. Olive, Virginia. A card from Brother John Locke 
tells us of the observance of the "Twenty-first" birthday 
of Sister Martha Frank, a member of the Mt. Olive church 
from early girlhood. Sister Frank was bom in 1864, the 
catch, of course, being that she was born on February 

2!)th, with one year entirely "skipped" because there was 
no Leap Year at the turn of the century — 1900. Congrat-I 
ulations, Sister Frank, on having attained "your major- 

Me*yersdale, Penna. Brother and Sister W. S. Benshofr 
were recent guest musicians in an organ and piano recital 
in the .Berlin Church, the occasion being a Fellowship Sup- 
per gathering. Brother Benshoff was also the guest 

The fourth annual "Easter Sunrise Service" is being 
planned by the Meyersdale Brethren Youth. 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Penna. Brother Keck re- 
ports the confession of another fine young girl at the 
close of the evening services on Sunday, March 2nd. 

Berlin, Penna. We learn from Brother Miller's bulletin 
that a fine program was given and a fine time was had 
at the Penna. District Youth Rally which was held at 
the Johnstown Third Church on Saturday, March 1st, with 
approximately ninety in attendance. A sudden snow storm 
kept ths attendance quite a distance from the expected 
one hundred and seventy-five. 

Brother Miller announces the ordination of Mrs. Harry 
Shultz as a Deaconess and Brother Frank .Boyer as a Dea- 
con, on Wednesday evening, March 5th. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. The Northeastern District 
Laymen's quarterly meeting was scheduled for their meet- 
ing at the Akron church on Friday evening, March 7th. 

The Sisterhood Public Service was held on Sunday eve- 
ning, March 9th. 

Pre-Easter services are to be held from Palm Sunday 
on Easter. 

Ashland, Ohio). The first of the Five Nights of Evan- 
gelism which are being conducted during Lent, got under 
way in a fine manner on Wednesday evening, March 5th. 
The message was delivered by Brother James Davis, a 
licensed minister in the Brethren Church, a Seminary stu- 
dent and a member of the Park Street Church. There were 
about fifty in attendance. .Brother Davis is to be the speak- 
er also on March 12th and 19th. Brother Robert DeMass 
pastor of the Smithville Church will be guest speaker fo 
March 26th, and April 2nd. Brother DeMass will also be 
the speaker two nights of the Holy Week services, April 
8th and 9th. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother Whetstone reports that their 
Wednesday evenings of Evangelism are being well at- 
tended. The special nights of March are listed as follows: 
March 5th — The Evening Circle; 12th — Laymen's night; 
19th— "Guest Night"; 26th— "Ladies' Night." 

The Annual Father and Son Banquet is scheduled for 
Friday evening, March 21st. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother King says that Prayer Cir- 
cles have been organized as a definite part of their one 
week of revival which is being conducted from March 
16th to 23rd. 

A Gospel Team from Ashland held a service in Elkhart 
on Friday evening, March 7th. 

The Junior Sisterhood Public service had as a part of 
program a playlet, "Marys and Marthas — Then and Now," 
on Sunday evening, February 24th. Twenty-nine charac- 
ters were in the playlet, which was written by Miss Janet 

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MARCH 15, 1952 


rr( The Vaster s helper -- /ire Tom One?" 

BEING THE PASTOR of a church today is as differ- 
ent from being the pastor of a church fifty years 
igo as the difference is in modern housekeeping now and 
hat of a similar* period to that above mentioned. In those 
lays the pastor "gave himself to the ministry of the 
)reaching of the Word." True, he farmed and did other 
vork with his hands in many cases, but at the same time 
lis "job" was that of expounding the Word. Consequent- 
y he had time to really "dig" into the Holy Writ and 
•ring from it the exact teachings which he desired to set 
►efore his people. 

But today the ministry is burdened, not only with the 
ask of "preaching the Word," but he is expected to be 
he authority on all sorts of things connected with public 
,nd civic affairs of the community; upon the latest lit- 
irature, and, of course, to be attendant upon all the va- 
ious social and business affairs of the church. Too 
ften people who are not familiar with the minister's life 
,s £t must be lived, are prone to say, "I wish I had it as 
asy as our preacher." But just follow his steps for one 
ingle week and see if it is an "easy" task that he has 
hosen. That is, if he is a real minister working at his 
ask with heart and soul. 

I am sure T am not going too far when I say that 
ivery hard-working minister (and you note I said "hard- 
working") should hang out a sign which says, "Help 
Vanted." Not that he expects some one else to do his 
special assigned task, but that there are so many things 
hat he must do, which could so easily be done by the 
aymen of the congregation, that it is an imposition on 
he minister to compel him to do them. 

In this "think" I am speaking as one .who was, first a 
ayman in the church, then a pastor, but at the present 
ime a minister-layman, working as a layman in the local 
hurch. Therefore, I believe that I can speak with a mea- 
ure of assurance when I comment on the following little 
aragraph. Here it is: 

"Laymen who work with their pastor not only help him 
—they help themselves." Such were the words beneath 
i picture of two men, seated on either side of their pas- 
or, evidently in earnest consultation concerning the work 
f the church. 

There is no time when the laymen of the church are in 
loser cooperation with the plans and purposes of the 
hurch and the pastor than when they are working to- 
;ether on a project which is for the advancement of the 
rork of the church in general. Not only does such work- 
ng together lighten the burden of the pastor, but it helps 
he laymen to better understand the problems of the church 
nd gives them a closer fellowship with their associates 
n the businees of the Lord. 

Many laymen are brought to the place whore 1/ 
realize for the first time that the work of the church, if 
it is to be accomplished with any degree of success, is not 
what they thought was just "the business of the pastor," 
when they launch out on definite projects which spell 
growth in interest, numbers and spirituality. For laymen 
can often reach others in a manner that the pastor could 
never do. Too many individuals think of the pastor of a 
church as a "paid servant of the congregation, and one 
who is "expected to preach" and to whom they "listen 
without hearing." But when a layman speaks the same 
message, they "listen and hear," because they feel that 
this man speaks from an experience of the heart. Of 
course they are wrong about the pastor's attitude, but 
nevertheless the fact of their position which they hav • 
taken regarding this still remains. 

So it is the opportunity of the layman, first of all, to 
speak as did Paul when he said, as he wrote to the Cm - 
inthians (II Cor. 5:20), "Now then we are ambassador i 
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: w 
pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." Wher. 
laymen really "speak from the heart," other men listen. 

Not only should the layman be a pastor's helper in 
spiritual matters, but in the material tasks that so often 
are "inherited" when a new pastor takes over the work. 
Maybe the other pastor "liked" to do menial tasks. May- 
be he would rather do them than to receive a curt "No" 
from the one from whom he sought help. But such a con- 
dition should be overcome, and really must be, if th" 
pastor is to do his best service for Christ and the Church. 

Turn with me to Acts 6:2-4. Here we read, "Then the 
twelve (these were the preachers) called the multitude 
of the disciples (these were the laymen* unto them, and 
said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of 
God and serve tables. (That is, to do the menial tasks of 
the church.) Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you 
seven men of honest report, whom we may appoint over 
this business. But we will give ourselves continually to 
prayer and to the ministry of the word." 

That is the way the church started out — the minister? 
to pray and preach, their main task; the laymen to do 
the other work of the church. What happened when they 
did? Let Acts 6:7 tell you, "And the word of God in- 
creased; and the number of disciples multiplied in Jeru- 
salem greatly; and a great company of priests were obe- 
dient to the faith." 

Times have changed, that is true, but let us remember 
that the impulse which was released in the early church 
should be still retained. Are you a "pastor's helper?" Are 
you seeking to lighten his load? Are you a real layman 
doing your part in the work of the Lord? 

Think it over! 




The Laying On 

Of Hands 

Bv Rev. John F. Locke 

The following is the address which was 
given by Brother Locke at the General Con- 
ference last year, as he spoke on one of 
the assigned subjects of Brethren Doctrine. 
We are glad to present this far too often 
neglected study, which gives ample reason 
for the right of the Laying on of Hands 
as practiced in the Brethren Church. — 


TX CONSIDERING this very important rite, let me say 
four things about it: First, this sacred rite is Biblical. 
Second, it is an historic Apostolic pi-actice. Third, it is 
significant in its meaning. Fourth, it is practical; we need 

I. The Laying on of Hands is a usage set forth in the 

New Testament as being one of the first principles 

of the Doctrine of Christ. 

In the Epistle to the Hebrews (6:lff) we find six prin- 
ciples set forth in this order: Repentance, Faith, Baptism, 
Laying on of Hands, Resurrection of the dead, and Eter- 
nal Judgment. The Laying on of Hands is thus mentioned 
as distinct from baptism. In Acts 19:2ff we find believers 
were baptized and the laying on of hands followed im- 
mediately. In Acts 8:17ff we have the story of Philip 
the Evangelist having baptized the Samaritans. Afterward 
the Apostles Peter and John came down to Samaria, hav- 
ing been appointed for this special service by the Jeru- 
salem Church, and they laid their hands on these bap- 
tized Samaritans who then received the Holy Spirit. Some 
time had intervened between their baptism and the per- 
formance of this sacred rite by Peter and John. In no 
case does one find in the scriptures any real basis for 
believing that this rite was performed as a part of bap- 
tism, but rather co-ordinate with baptism. In the case of 
the Samaritans, we see believers who had been baptized 
in water. But this was not enough. They needed to yield 
themselves to the Holy Spirit in humble surrender to re- 
ceive Him as Teacher, Comforter, Sanctified and Guide. 

We have every reason to believe that the practice of 
the Laying on of hands was given by Jesus before His 
Ascension, for all the apostles practiced it. We do know 
that we have His blessed example of laying on of hands 
in healing and blessing. Saint Matthew tells (Matt. 19:13) 
of His blessing the little children and laying His hands 
upon them as He did. Saint Mark (Mark 6:5) speaks of 
the practice in connection with the healing of the sick. 
Saint Luke (Luke 13:13) tells of a crooked woman for 
eighteen years bowed together by an affliction so that 
she could not lift herself up until the Great Physician 
laid His hands in healing upon her tortured body. 

Any Christian body of believers, interested in being 
biblical in their faith and practice, should logically want 
to keep among their sacred usages an ordinance which 
stands "fourth" in the list of those which are designated 
as "the first principles of the doctrine of Christ." In the 

Early Church we see hands laid on persons consecrated 
for special tasks. See Acts 13:1-3. 

II. The Ordinance is not only Biblical, being set forth 
in the New Testament, but it is Historic. 

Beginning with the practice of the apostles, we find it 
universally observed in the early centuries of Christian 
History. Perhaps the amazing spread of the Christian 
faith in those centuries in spite of the mighty and cruel 
forces arrayed against the church, can be accounted for 
by the fact that it was the custom in the early church 
for ALL believers to be prayed for, that they might re- 
ceive the Holy Spirit, and be filled with His power and 
gifts and graces. 

The historian Schaff says of the rite, that in the apos- 
tolic church "it was performed on all baptized persons, 
being, as it were, a solemn consecration to a universal 
priesthood." Because the early church believed in the Holy 
Spirit and prayed for Him to indwell and fill them, these 
Christians, when Christianity was new, had power. They 
were evangelistic. They were courageous. They possessed 
endurance. They battered the very gates of hell and found 
they could win against the deeply entrenched enemy on: 
all fronts. 

Dr. Isaac D. Bowman published a tract some years ago 
in which he quoted at length from various of the leaders 
of the Christian church in the early centuries of the Chris- 
tian era. Likewise Dr. C. F. Yoder quotes several of the 
same authorities in his well-known work, "God's M»?ans of 
Grace." Tertullian, for instance, who was born only sixty- 
three years after John died, says, "In the next place (after 
baptism) the hand is laid on us, invoking the Holy Spirit 
through benediction." St. Jerome, St. Cyprian, Chrysostom, 
are likewise quoted. They all agree, in fact the whole 
Christian world taught, that the Holy Spirit was received 
by the laying on of hands after baptism. So late as 
eighth century Pope Urban I says, "All the faithful 
ought to receive the Holy Spirit after baptism by impo- 
sition of the hands of the bishops, so that they may be 
Christians fully." 

No reputable modern scholar or historian has ever 
raised the slightest doubt about the practice. Yet the 
modern church has largely ceased the practice. Dr. Yoder 
comments pointedly "The passing of the symbol has 
been marked by the neglect of the truth back of it, so 
that if the apostle should come to the churches of today 
and say to the members, 'Did ye receive the Holy Spirit 
when ye believed?' only a few of them would be able to 
answer, 'Praise God, I did.' " 

VIARCH 15, 1952 


III. The Significance then, of the Laying on of Hands 
s that we May Receive the Enduoment of the Spirit. 

For the highest and most effective work in the church 
if the Living Saviour, what could be more significant than 
his ? With this rite properly understood, there would 
ome great blessing. A fixed assurance of our acceptance 
n Christ, and a holy separatedness from the world, should 
,id our consecrated usefulness. There will be some gift 
or all and special gifts for some, for the Holy Spirit is 
. Fact in Christian experience, as well as a doctrine, 
le guides into all truth. He helps us overcome tempta- 
ion. He directs our lives for good. He gives us peace 
,nd joy. He interprets for us the mysteries of grace, 
n times of special trials He is our Helper, our Advocate, 
o defend us against the enemy, and be our Comforter. He 
nables us to glorify Christ. He is the Sanctifier of our 

When the Holy Spirit is received we may expect spe- 
ial fruit such as Paul mentions in Galatians 5:22: "The 
ruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kind- 
ess, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control." To 
hose who submit to the Spirit, this blessed life and these 
ifts of the Spirit are made possible. So, it is hard to 
onceive of anything that we do, being more significant 
'nan this symbolic act at the very beginning of the Chris- 
ian life, when we kneel for the imposition of the hands 
f the Elders upon us and are made the object of sin- 
ere prayer, prayed in our behalf, that we may be the 
welling place of the Holy Spirit of God. Even as the 
pirit descended upon Christ after His baptism, so we 
r ait for this enduement. Those who officiate at this rite 
hould always lead in prayer especially to this end. 

Our Lord was begotten of the Holy Spirit. After His 
irth He lived a holy and obedient life as His divine na- 
ivity would imply. Yet He would not enter upon his 
ublic ministry until the Holy Spirit came upon Him. Be- 
lg baptized and praying, the heaven was opened and 
le Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like as a 
ove upon Him (Luke 3:22). Now being at the right hand 
f God exalted, He will send His power to those who pray 
)r it, even as the Father sent it forth for Himself. 

IV. The Laying on of Hands is a most practical doctrine, 
>r we need what it so beautifully symbolizes. 

Is there anybody who would dare to suggest that the 
hurch has any greater need than its need of the Holy 
pirit? We need Him more than we need money, men or 
uildings. The Presence and Power of the Spirit are ab- 
alutely necessary if we are to rise above mere pageantry, 
ratory, and well-intentioned resolutions. If there is to 
e a forward movement of progress and achievement — 
len the whole church must be empowered, indwelt, and 
nergized by the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. 

The Christian faith is something more than a philos- 
phy, a system of ethics or moral teachings, an observance 
f ritual or theistic humanism. God has provided for sin- 
ul men through the death of His Son on the cross of 
lalvary and the benefits of this glorious atonement are 
ffectually applied to believers, transforming their lives 
nd conduct. The Holy Spirit makes the application of 
he redemption purchased by Christ. His acts are the 
cts of God. The Spirit is holy, that is, absolutely, per- 
ectly, wholly good. He is the author and finisher of the 

spiritual life. He i.s not, only holy Himself out the author 
of holiness in men. As the breath of God, He makes liv- 
ing that which was dead. As a wind playing on a greal 
harp produces melodies, so this Wind of God plays upon 
us and produces lives of sweet harmony. 

He brings the fire that cleanses. He kindles the altar 
fires of our hearts and keeps them burning. Without Hirn 
there can be no new birth. The Spirit empowers for ac- 
tion — "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, 
saith the Lord." 

We live in an age of power and might, but we have al- 
ready seen that such might and power is doomed and a 
source of sorrow to mankind. The bomb has become the 
symbol of our age, producing devastation and death. The 
symbol of the dove is sometimes used for the Spirit and 
the dove is frequently used as a symbol of peace. The 
Spirit of God brooded over the ugliness, the chaos of the 
whole creation, and brought forth beauty and order. So 
can He do for our lives and for our times. 

In ancient times the Spirit upheld moral law, striving 
with man. He was active in revelation — Holy men of old 
spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Prophets 
arose upon whom the Spirit had come. And now, those 
who cooperate with the Spirit after regeneration have 
the nine varieties of spiritual fruit: Love, Joy, Peace, 
Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and 

In this twentieth Century, we need to come alive. 
Preachers, laymen, Sunday School teachers, the whole 
church, can come alive when the Spirit controls. How long 
shall we grieve the Spirit by lethargy, deadness, and sin ? 
We are warned not to grieve the Spirit whereby we are 
sealed unto redemption. The seal is the mark of guar- 
dianship. We belong to God and God will take care of 
His own. In lEphesians 4:31, Paul mentions sins that grieve 
the Spirit: Blindness of heart, greediness, lying, anger, 
stealing, corruption in communications — "let all bitterness, 
and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be 
put away from you, with all malice." 

Those who have hands laid on them in prayer invoking 
the Spirit in consecration for some special task, such as 
that of the Eldership, or specific duties, such as that of 
the missionary, realize that this symbol means that they, 
too, must lay their hands to the assignments of the Spirit. 
But likewise, the whole church has been set aside, conse- 
crated, sealed and commissioned. Those who have received 
the Laying on of Hands ought to be the busiest of Chris- 
tions in the Spirit-led activities. It is an holy ordinance 
and should be so observed as to allow its tremendous sig- 
nificance to be appreciated. Too many people assume that 
it is merely a part of the rite of baptism, since by some 
ministers the rite is observed while the candidate is still 
kneeling in the water. But it is certainly more meaning- 
ful if done after baptism, with two elders or an elder and 
a deacon laying their hands on the newly baptized be- 

What our age needs is the laying on of hands by Spirit- 
filled, Spirit-led, individuals and churches. What can you 
do with your hands? 1. You can keep them folded, or in 
your pocket, or clasped behind your back. 2. You can 
wring them in despair and moan about how awful con- 
ditions are. 3. You can lift them in prayer und then lay 
them on some tasks presently needing to be done. Which, 



in a sense, brings me to the beginning - of my discourse! 
"What ought we lay hands on NOW?" 

There are many tilings that should be mentioned, but 
let us look at but one for it is always the great first work 
of the church, namely, missions and evangelism — "Teach- 
ing them t-> observe all things" — fulfilling the Great Com- 
mission of our Lord. He is with us always in order that 
we can accomplish it. 

On the grave of George Dana Boardman, one of the 
pioneer missionaries to Burma, there is this inscription: 
"His epitaph is written in the adjoining forests. 

As in the Christian villages of yonder mountains . . . 

who taught you to abandon your worship of demons? 

Who raised you from vice to morality? Who brought 

you your Bibles, your Sabbaths, and your words of 

prayer? Let the reply be his eulogy." 

The missionary had laid his hands on the tasks assigned 
by the Spirit! 

John Gossip says that years ago, in Glasgow on Sunday 
morning, he Tioticed, what then was a new thing — the 
pavements were chalked at intervals with invitations to a 
hall. "I stopped a policeman and asked what it meant. 
'The socialists,' he said, 'since very early morning have 
been out and about, inviting the whole universe to a lit- 
tle place that will scarcely hold anyone. Believe me, sir, 
I disagree with them, but men in such earnest as they are, 
are sure one day to sweep the city. What can hold them 
down?' '" "And then he added," says Dr. Gossip, 'Why are 
yon ministers not out and at it too? You have a case 
far better and more glorious. If you would only work for 
it as these men do for theirs, you would sweep the world.' " 

As someone has said, "This is the century, this is the 
decade, this is the year, this is the month, this is the 
day." While doors are open, we must enter. Opportunity 
is passing! The time is now! And the times call for the 
Laying on of Hands . . . Christian Hands, to the task be- 
fore us. The Spirit would sweep the world with us, if 
..e are willing. 

— Maurertown, Virginia. 

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]3ryan, Ohio rr Jnemorial Gard" 
Gommittee Reports 

Here is reported what has been done in the way of "me- 
morial money" sent out through the "Flower Committee" 
of the First Brethren Church of Bryan, Ohio. This work 
continues to grow and we note that the Huntington, In- 
diana, Church is also using "Memorial Cards" for which 
Praise the Lord." 

For those who might not know what this all means, let 
us say that instead of sending flowers in case of sick- 
or death, we send a card and then divide the money 
which would have ordinarily been used for flowers, which 
booh fade, for a more lasting memorial to those who 
would have received such flowers. Of course we consult 
the ones who would thus receive such remembrance, and 
find that usually they are glad to have the money thus 
us>;d. We tru-it that the work will grow throughout the 
entire denomination as the days go by. 

The complete report follows: 

Money received from: 

The Church $ 20.00 

The Woman's Missionary Society 25.85 

C. F. B. Class (Sunday School) 32.70 

Friends (From their own pockets) 50.00 

Total $128.55 

Where the Money was sent: 

Chapel Fund, Ashland College $ 15.00 

Wheeler Home, Lost Creek, Kentucky 20.00 

Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana 25.00 

Leper Colony, Africa 30.00 

Home Mission Work 4.00 

New Church, Tucson, Arizona 15.00 

Flowers for sick and Evangelistic meetings . . 14.00 

Cake for sick 5.55 

Total $128.55 

Submitted by Mrs. Lydia Kunkle. 

Gates Ajar 

Mrs. Mary Cate 

(The following poem was written for Miss Jennie Har- 
rison, who is a resident member of the Brethren's Home 
at Flora, Indiana, by Mrs. Mary Cate, and we are print- 
ing it at the request of Miss Harrison, who, though she 
is entirely blind, has asked that it appear in the columns 
of The Evangelist. This we are glad to do. — Editor) 

I know not when nor where this cloud will lift, 
But somehow, somewhere, I see through the rift 
A beautiful sunrise coming in view, 
Tinted with rose, 'neath the dawning blue; 
And a rainbow promise not so far 
When I shall see the morning star. 

I know not how, but I know full well — 

As the lilies are blooming in the dell, 

And the rivers are flowing out to the sea, 

My own will surely come to me; 

And through our Saviour's redeeming love — 

Sent by our Father from above — 

The Holy Spirit hovering near 

Will guide me safely while I am here. 

And when the summons comes to go — 
His work in me all done below — 
I know His grace will grow no less, 
And I'll lean on Him and enter rest, 
Until the Father's blood-washed throng 
Shall sing His praise in heavenly song, 
And throughout an endless eternity 
Together shall we ever be 
In our Father's house not made with hands, 
Our home prepared in the promised land. 

Jesus will be enthroned, or entombed. 

MARCH 15, 1952 


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'Ghe Crying Crime of the Church 

By Reverend David D. Allen, Calvary Baptist Church, 
Hazel Park, Mich. 

(The following article is selected from The Missionary 
Digest because of the frank and specific charge which is 
laid at the door of the church. — E. M. R.) 

THE CHURCH has been consistently regular in its 
negligence of missions and missionaries. The main mis- 
sion of the church is missions. The only reasonable ex- 
cuse we have for having churches is missions. The reason 
God leaves us on earth after saving us is that we might 
multiply ourselves. The Devil has been eminently success- 
ful in getting the church off the main track of world- 
wide missions on the sidetrack of multiplied non-essen- 
tials. We are feverish in our frenzied activity about sec- 
ondary matters but listless in our lethargic participation 
in the missionary enterprise. 

We have divided missionary work up into home and 
foreign missions. In reality all mission work is foreign 
missionary work. America, China, Africa, India or South 
America are equally foreign fields as far as Heaven is 
concerned. Mission work has many phases and forms ac- 
cording to where the work is done, who is doing it and 
the type of people being reached. 

The first century church was a missionary church with 
a passion for souls that propelled self-sacrificing servants 
of the Saviour to every nook and cranny of the then 
known world. Gradually she lost her world-wide mission- 
ary vision and prepared the way for spiritual stagnation, 
ecclesiastical bureaucracy and moral degeneration which 
culminated in the "dark ages," commonly called the 
"Devil's Millennium." When the church loses its mission- 
ary vision it is but one step to apostasy. For hundreds 
of years gospel missionary work was practically non- 
existent until God raised William Carey who has been 
called "the Father of Modern Missions." On May 31, 1792 
he preached his famous sermon from Isaiah 54:2, 3, in 
which he said, "Expect great things from God; attempt 
great things for God." This was the birthday of modern 
missions. In June of 1793 Carey sailed for India and the 
modern missionary movement was launched. 

One hundred and fifty-three years have elapsed since 
Carey left for India and yet there are more heathen in 
the world today than ever before. Our churches have be- 

come complacent and deaf to the cries of the perishing. 
Many churches have no missionary program whatsoever. 
Others give a paltry pittance to ease their conscience. It 
seems to be the attitude of many that you 6hould giv<- 
to missions after every other need has been adequately 
supplied. The left-overs for the missionary enterprises 
and generally there is nothing left over. Why 6hould not 
the church budget be divided in half? Half for missions 
and half for operating expenses. God would prosper that 
church spiritually and materially. God blesses a mission- 
ary-minded individual and missionary-minded church. 

But as deplorable as is the church's negligence for mis- 
sions, her crying crime is her beggarly attitude towards 
missionaries. The finest people on God's green globe are 
the unpretentious servants of Christ who carry the good 
news to the regions beyond. With vigorous self-denial 
they gladly travel over land and sea braving the hard- 
ships and accepting the privations that are their lot. The 
vast majority go to the field without any guaranteed sal- 
ary. They are soon forgotten by the ease-loving, rocking- 
chair Christians at home. The church votes to send them 
a niggardly stipend that we would not dare offer to a 
house maid. As a result missionaries are constantly han- 
dicapped financially. Missionaries are the most underpaid 
workers in the civilized world. They have no opportunity 
to lay away a little money for a rainy day or old age. 
They have nothing from which to plan their youngster's 
education. How can they carry adequate insurance upon 
themselves ? Or aren't they supposed to be human — Did 
you ever hear of a gospel missionary being overpaid? 
No one seems to think of these things — or care. 


For a greater vision in leadership that we may lead 
our people into a richer service for Chi-ist: 

For Reverend and Mrs. Robert Byler and family as 
they make provision for their work in Argentina to 
be carried on during their furlough, beginning in 

For Miss Byler as she remains on the field and as she 
carries out her plans with a Service Center for youth: 

For Miss Veda Liskey as she returns to Nigeria early 
this summer; 

(Continued on page 10) 



7^e 7*##£ rfdout rftco&ol 

Says Dr. Haven Emerson, widely known physician, sci- 
entist and health authority and former Commissioner of 
the New York City Board of Health, "There are some 
things which we have learned and can now confidently 
state, in regard to alcohol: 

•"The medical sciences have learned enough concerning 
the effects of alcohol to teach the truth simply and with- 
out equivocation and complication. The same things are 
being taught now that were taught a while back, but they 
were often repudiated, contradicted, and mistrusted be- 
cause of lack of agreement among scientists as to the 
truth. We have come so far that we can now teach the 
truth simply. 

"The assured truth is not difficult to teach. 

"We have learned that misinformation developed by ad- 
vertising, and ignorance resulting from off-balance com- 
mon school education, are largely responsible for the so- 
cial habits of many who become drinkers of alcohol. I 
c-ount that nation derelict in its duty in education if it 
teaches a child about milk and fails to teach him about 
alcohol. The child has milk as part of his diet until he 
leaves school. When he leaves school he has to face a 
choice about alcohol, and he has no information with 
which to meet the situation. 

"We have learned that the taste for alcohol is not a 
hereditary* or genetically acquired condition. We have 
learned that, whether congenital or acquired, ,a state of 
mental irresponsibility, is fertile soil for problem drink- 
ing, and that such people can never take a drink of al- 
cohol without being at the mercy of the drink. 

"We have learned that alcohol, as commonly used to- 
day, causes more disease, disability and death than any 
other cause of ill health which is wholly in the power 
of the individual to prevent and avoid. 

"Since the end of the war in the theatre of European 
operations, there have been more deaths among Amer- 
ican troops in Europe from alcohol than from all com- 
municable diseases combined, according to the Chief of 
Preventive Services. Men in the Army in the last stages 
of the European offensive died in larger numbers from 
use of alcohol to the point of self-destruction than were 
lost by all the communicable diseases put together. 

""We have learned that alcohol as commonly used to- 
day is the largest cause of disease and disability of any 
condition that is within the entire control of the individ- 
ual to prevent. 

"Medical sciences have learned and found that alcohol 
is not a food, a stimulant, or harmful only in drunken- 
. That was the former belief. The liver, stomach, and 
heart were supposed to suffer only from drunkenness. 
Those are the least of the damages alcohol causes. Deaths 
from alcoholism are the least of harm that alcohol causes. 
It is the constant and severe interference with human 
relations, the disturbance of the conduct of people to 
each other, that is the major damage that alcohol does 
in our society today. 

"Alcohol is a depressant, narcotic drug, and not a 

stimulant. That cannot be too often repeated, and has 
many social implications. 

"The effects of alcohol are almost entirely, if not 
wholly, to be explained by its toxic damage to the cen- 
tral nervous system, the brain, and spinal cord., It is upon 
those tissues that the action of alcohol shows most strik- 
ingly. The other effects ,are so minor as to have little, 
if any, part. It depreciates the divinity of man. The only 
thing that distinguishes man from the brute is his power 
of self-direction, self-control, judgment, discretion. Those 
things are the first qualities of man that are destroyed 
by alcohol, long before there is any obvious interference 
with the muscles and motor functions of the body. It is 
the influence of alcohol on the brain and spinal cord that 
is most damaging. 

"Alcohol is not describable as a food which forms any 
part of a wholesome diet. 

"In recent times, it has been observed that the life- 
saving reflexes of the body are all slowed from 5 to 10 
per cent by amounts of alcohol too small to be socially 
appreciable, and in amounts far smaller than can ever be 
registered under the law or by the police as indicating 
intoxication. In the beginning states, in amounts too 
small to be appreciated, alcohol slows the reflexes of the 
body, which we are endowed with to protect ourselves 
from destruction — the nervous reflex action of the eye, 
the ear, the muscles — which we depend on for safety in 
this world of speed and power and uncontrolled human 

"The evidence shows that there is no form of human 
activity so far tested which does not show inferiority 
of performance as the invariable sequel of the absorp- 
tion of alcohol. I do not care what you try — adding ma- 
chines, typewriting, taking dictation- — there is no small 
or large accomplishment that does not show an inferior- 
ity of performance after the use of alcohol in amounts 
smaller than would be recognized as of toxic significance. 

"Perhaps the most important of all, is the positive 
statement that no evidence of improvement in human 
health has so far been found to result from the use of 
alcohol in the normal human being., 

"Alcohol, as used, causes many times more deaths than 
the infectious diseases. 

"Civil authority is limited to reducing opportunities for 
exploitation by alcohol. Responsibility for correcting con- 
dition rests with the public school system, also on the 
family physician, the health officer, the visiting nurse, 
the ministry, the libraries, the press,and the broadcast- 
ing stations. No health department, local or state, is to 
be considered adequate in its program of public service 
if it fails to use its authority to deal with alcohol as a 
cause of preventable disease for which it should have a 
policy and a program." 

Some folks have gone round and round until so dizzy 
they don't know there is a straight way. 

Too many people conduct their lives on the cafeteria 
plan — self service only. 

MARCH 15, 1952 


First Chapel Service is Held in the New College Chapel 

Che Ground Is "Broken 

TT WAS A HAPPY Student body that gathered in the 
basement of the New College Chapel for the initial 
Chapel Service which was held at 9:50 o'clock on Wed- 
nesday morning, March 6th. The hum of pleasant con- 
versation was to be heard rising about the strains of music 
which came softly from the piano, as the students, faculty 
and a few visitors found their places and waited for the 
moment when the voice of President Glenn L. Clayton 
would bring quiet and attention. 

When Dr. Clayton arose, he spoke a few words of wel- 
come and made the announcement that another Chapel 
Service would be held in this same place on Friday morn- 
ing. He then made the welcome announcement that it 
was hoped that the pews could be set in place so that 
the services of next week could be held in the upstairs 
auditorium, thus accommodating the attendants who would 
be present for the services of the scheduled "Week of 
Christian lEmphasis" — March 10th to 14th. It was in- 
deed good news that the pews were arriving, and before 
you read this report, surely the Chapel will be in regu- 
lar use. 

As if it were to be a good omen of things to come, the 
sun broke through what had been a dark, gloomy sky, 
just as the service opened, brightening the scene within 
and showing how light and airy even the basement of 
this new Chapel can really be. 

The program opened with the use of the old hymn, 
"The Church's One Foundation." After a period of silent 
prayer, the assembled audience joined in a responsive 
reading of verses from various portions of the Word of 

The Chapel Choir, a regularly organized group of stu- 
dents, under the dierction of Prof. Calvin Rogers of the 
Music Department of the College, sang a beautiful and 
appropriate anthem. This choir is composed of about 
twenty-five voices and they sing at most of the chapel 

Following the Choir number, Dr. Clayton, in giving rec- 
ognition to the part the ladies of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Societies over the brotherhood have played in the 

erecting of the Chapel, introduced Mrs. Fred C. Vanator, 
Editor of "The Woman's Outlook," as representing the 
National Woman's Missionary Society in this opening 
vice in the New Chapel. 

Mrs. Vanator expressed her regret that Mrs. U. J. 
Shively, National W. M. S. President, could not have 
been present to speak, but because of her illness she had 
found it impossible to attend. Mrs. Vanator then spoke 
for a short time, emphasizing the fact that the New 
Chapel was another "Open Door" of opportunity which 
has been set before the Ashland College students. She 
carried us back to the old chapel in Founders' Hall and 
spoke of the great impressions that have been made on 
very many past students by the great parade of wonder- 
ful speakers who have brought messages from its plat- 
form. Now the New Chapel is a reality, and the same 
fine influences will emanate from its services in days 
ahead. The women are glad they have had a part in the 
bringing forth of this new place of worship and medita- 
tion on the campus of our College. She closed her remarks 
with a poem, "In The Chapel," by Arlean Leibert, which 
begins with the words, "Let me pause in the Chapel, by 
the side of the road, and leave my burden each day," and 
closes with the thought that "a man's life may be made 
far richer, when he pauses a moment — with God." 

Dr. Clayton then introduced Rev. A. R. Bolduan, Presi- 
dent of the Ashland City Ministerial Association, and 

Tlow *Ghe Chapel Is In Use 




pastor of the Peace Lutheran Church, who brought greet- 
ings to the faculty and students from the churches of 
the city. He stated that the students were to remember 
that they are in college not only for the purpose of ob- 
taining increased knowledge, but also to learn how to ap- 
ply that knowledge thus gained for the uplift of other 
lives. As the Psalmist said, so it should be in us, "Lord 

. . so teach us to number our days that we may apply 
our hearts unto wisdom." Such an ideal should mark all of 
our lives. 

The sen-ice closed very quietly with the benediction be- 
ing pronounced by Dr. Clayton. 

It was indeed a great joy to be present at this, the 
initial service in the New Chapel, and to realize that 
this is just the beginning of the usefulness and value which 
will accrue as the months and years go on. 


Missionary Page 

(Continued from page 7) 


For Robert and Beatrice Bischof as they complete their 
preparation at Ashland College and secure equipment 
for a new station in Nigeria, Africa. 

For the four young people who recently volunteered 
for Christian service — some for Africa, some for 
South America or elsewhere; 

For Pastors, Missionary Superintendents and all Church 
leaders who help to present the great need for our 
largest Foreign Missoinary offering at Easter time. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

The Senior Sisterhood Public Service is scheduled for 
Palm Sunday evening. 

Nappanee, Indiana, Brother Meyer says, "The Local 
Laymen's Organization now numbers forty-two members. 
The officers of the present year are: President — Richard 
Best; Vice President — Rex Wildman; Secretary -Treasur- 
er — Harvey Defreese. 

Warsaw, Indiana. Brother Beekley was the morning de- 
votional speaker over Warsaw Radio Station WKAM the 
week of February 24th. Special music was furnished each 
morning by various members of the Warsaw Church. 

Church Family Night was observed on Monday evening, 
March 3rd with a carry-in supper and a special program. 
The Dutchtown Church families were invited as guests 
of this meeting. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. A Gospel Team from Ashland Col- 
lege held a service on Monday evening, March 10th in 
connection with the Milledgeville Family Fellowship Sup- 
per, i 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois. We note that a District Youth 
Rally is scheduled to meet at Cerro Gordo March 21st 

to 23rd. We take it that this is the same as the Central 
District Spring Training Camp announced previously. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Waterloo Mothers' Chorus will pre- 
sent a concert as a part of the evening service on March 

The Adult Choir, together with the Junior Choir will 
present a program on the evening of April 6th. 

Holy Communoin will be observed on Thursday evening, 
April 10th. 

Brother Gentle reports that Dr. Trevor, who found the 
oldest original manuscript of the writings of Isaiah, was 
the guest speaker at a union service held on Wednesday 
evening, March 5th. The Waterloo Brethren Church ser- 
vice was dismissed in order that all might enjoy this 

Morrill, Kansas. Mrs. George Eisenbise, church corre- 
spondent, writes as follows: "On the morning of February 
3rd, our guest speaker was Mrs. Malcolm White, wife of 
the Congregational Minister at Sabatha, Kansas. The 
Whites are returned missionaries from China, who, with 
their four small children, were compelled to flee from 
the communists. At the evening hour we joined in a ser- 
vice with the Church of the Brethren in a United Dry 
Forces meeting. 

"Mr. David Vance was again our speaker on the morn- 
ings of February 10th, 17th and 24th. 

"The World Day of Prayer was observed by the four 
churches of Morrill at the Church of the Brethren on 
Thursday evening, February 28th. 

"Both the W. M. S. and the Laymen's Organization held 
their regular meetings in January and February." 

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Feb. 27— March 6, 1952 

Lanark, Illinois Brethren Church $ 82.75 

Mansfield, Ohio Brethren Church 10.00 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania Brethren Church .... 140.00 

Johnstown, Penna. Third Brethren Church .... 63.50 

Highland (Marianna), Penna. Brethren Church . . 26.00 

Morrill, Kansas Brethren Church (additional) . . 6.50 

Huntington, Indiana Brethren Church 18.64 

Warsaw, Indiana Brethren Church 55.75 

Johnstown, Penna. Second Brethren Church .... 29.00 

North Liberty, Indiana Brethren Church 112.00 

$ 544.14 
Previously reported $3,290.47 

Total to date $3,834.61 

Personal contact with Jesus alters everything. Be stupid 
enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. 

If I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately I can 
serve humanity though men treat me as a door mat. 

The true character of loveliness that tells for God is 
always unconscious. 

Be patient with the faults of others, they have to be 
patient with yours. 

MARCH 15, 1052 


Topic foir March 23, 1952 


Luke 16:19-21; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:13-15 

WHEN WE SPEAK OF Hell, we are at once on a sub- 
ject which is in the back of the minds of most 
people, yet which is avoided in conversation. As one 
preacher once said that if people didn't repent they would 
go "to that place about which it isn't polite to talk." This 
may be an extreme viewpoint, yet few people want to 
even think about Hell at all. Yet the history of the Chris- 
tian Church is a constant proof of Hell as a place of eter- 
nal punishment. Hell has been included in every creed 
and confession of every church. For Brethren it most cer- 
tainly is in the New Testament, which we hold as our 
"Rule of Faith and practice." So, there Hell is, we cannot 
escape the fact that it is. It is best for us to understand 
it, to know about it, rather than to be in the dark about 

1. ORIGIN OF HELL. We are told in our Matthew 
verse of scripture that Hell was prepared for the devil 
and his angels. Because they had caused revolution in 
Heaven, they were consigned to Hell. In God's due course 
of time, they shall find themselves therein, but not yet. 
So, Hell was created for the deviil and his angels. In 
Eden, when the Devil succeeded in winning the love of 
Adam and Eve, he also made them and all humans to be 
destined for Hell. The scriptures point out that the un- 
righteous dead are now there, as note the rich man. Hell, 
in the Old Testament was created in two parts, the whole 
place being known as Sheol. Sheol was divided into two 
parts, Hell, for the damned, and Abraham's bosom, for 
the righteous dead. As we note in the scripture, there is 
a great gulf fixed between the two. Since Christ's death, 
those righteous dead in Abraham's bosom have been car- 
ried to Paradise, or heaven, as we pointed out last week. 
Those in Hell are still there. Thus we commonly refer to 
Hell as the general place of the damned. 

2. THE DEVIL NOT THERE YET. The Devil is not 
in Hell, nor has he ever been there. Contrary to the com- 
mon notions, the devil is not a beast with long tail and 
pitchfork, standing in the midst of flames. The devil is 
still the prince of the power of the air; he goes around 
as an angel of light seeking to win the love of all men 
away from God; still seeking to overthrow God's great 
power and universe. He knows that his days are num- 
bered. That is why he is seeking to get everybody he can 
to go his way. But he, nor his angels, have ever been in 
Hell. Only those who have died in their sins, are there. 
He leads his victims along the glittering path of sin to 
the very pits of hell, and then himself goes free. Better 
not have anything to do with him. 

3. FOR HOW LONG IS HELL? One reason people do 
not likte to talk about hell, or even to bring it into their 
minds, is that they know deep inside how terrible it is, 
out won't admit it. Hell is even worse than we could pic- 

ture for you. Hell i.s a place where its resident* have full 
conscience, can experience regret, and pain. Note the rich 
man. Memory is there for each one. Remorse, and a guilty 
conscience also go along with it. Every person will have 
a full knowledge of all their sin, and they shall be tor- 
mented because of their sin. The punishment shall never 
get any less, for in the day of the Great White Throne 
Judgment, it says that hell shall give up its dead. After 
the judgment, it says that then the Devil, etc, shall be 
cast into the lake of fire. There is no place in scripture 
which says that Hell is only a temporary state. Not once 
does the Bible say that hell hath an end. Since heaven 
is eternal, hell must be eternal. It's an awful penalty, 
that for a few years of earthly pride, glitter and sin, the 
soul and body must suffer extreme torment for ever and 

4. WHAT HELL WILL BE LIKE. We often use the 
general terms "torment, fire," etc., in reference to hell. 
It will pay us to enlarge on this a little. A man who 
likes to drink here on earth, and gives way to his pas- 
sion; in hell will have a burning thirst for liquor, but 
cannot get it. Likewise with cigarettes, etc. Young peo- 
ple who lust in immorality, when cast into hell because 
of their sin, will want gratification for their lust but will 
find it not. Those who take pride in their beauty and 
clothes, will have neither beauty nor clothes in hell. He 
who spends his whole life here making money, to the 
neglect of his spiritual needs, shall find that in hell, he 
still has the greed, but can satisfy it not. Perhaps these 
few illustrations will emphasize the fact that whatever 
it is that you are putting between you and your acceptance 
of Jesus Christ is that thing which will plague you all 
through eternity. Hell will be absolute desire for sinful 
things, without any gratification. Passions will be strong- 
er than on earth. On top of all this will be the knowledge 
that Christ, who gave His life to free sinners, was re- 

5. WHO'S GOING TO BE THERE? Lots of church 
members! Smart young people! Lying, stealing, gossip- 
ing people will be there. Murderers, drunkards, and all 
who sin. The degrees of punishment in hell will be ac- 
cording to the opportunity to repent, and the light given. 
That is, a church member who continues to live in sin, 
to back-bite, gossip, knife in the back, and short change 
the Lord in giving, will undoubtedly find residence in the 
hottest part of hell. Next, will be those who were content 
in their self-righteousness. Also those young people who 
thought it was smart to miss church, to attend wild parties 
etc. In short, all who put the pride of life and its glitter 
ahead of being faithful to church, and walking along the 
road with Christ, will be there. Most of the people in hell 
will be "good" people. That is, those who were "good" in 
their own sight, but who didn't rate with God because they 
didn't come and humble themselves at the foot of the cross 
and accept Christ as their Saviour. Remember. "There is 
a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof 
are the ways of death." 

Establishing believers in perfection of character or the 
perfection of maturity, requires a time element and disci- 
plinary process. 

We never saw a happy woman who wasn't beautiful 
or an unhappy woman who was. 



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John 2:1-11 

"The Word became flesh," and thus there are in "the 
man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5), the union of two distinct 
natures — the human and the divine. This doctrine is a 
great mystery (1 Tim. 3:16), but we do not have to un- 
derstand it fully in order to accept it. It gives us the 
Saviour we need. "I know He's mine" (1 John 5:12). 

"I know not how that Bethlehem's Babe 

Could in the Godhead be; 
I only know the manger Child 

Has brought God's life to me. 

"I know not how that Calvary's cross 

A world from sin could free; 
I only know its matchless love 

Has brought God's love to me. 

"I know not how that Joseph's tomb 

Could solve death's mystery; 
I only know a living Christ, 
Our Immortality." 

By His perfect human nature, as well as His perfect 
divine nature, He was able on Calvary to make the all- 
sufficient sacrifice for our redemption from sin (Heb. 

Usually we are told that Luke stresses the humanity 
of Christ, and John dwells upon the deity of Christ. How- 
ever, John uses Luke's key phrase, "the Son of man" 
(John 1:51), and gives in chapter two a clear picture of 
His humanity. As the Man on the right hand of God, Jesus 
has today the same human interest in our lives as Hp 
had in the days of His earthly ministry. He is not with 
us in the flesh, but He is still the human One that He 
was, and He is with all those who are His through the 
Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:20b). Lest we grieve His presence 
away we guard our souls at every hour of our conscious 
life (Rom. 8:8, 9). 

"In our joys and in our sorrows, 

Days of toil and hours of ease, 
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,, 

'Christian, love Me more than these.' " 

What was true of Jesus at Cana and at Bethany is just 
as true of Him today. No one can help like He can be- 
cause "He knoweth our frame" (Psalm 103:13, 14), and 
also He shared our flesh and blood (Heb. 2:14-18). 

Christ's mother, from the day of the annunciation 
(Luke 1:30-35) was not unmindful of Who He was. Ap- 
parently, at Cana she was eager for Him to begin assert- 
ing His Messianic powers. As Son of man, and her son, 
He had been subject to her, but as the Son of God it was 
H's Father's prerogative to prompt Him to launch His 
public ministry. His mother understood His reproof, yet 

seemed to know that He would act in behalf of the em- 
barrassed host, and give the servants of the house some 

"Whatso'er He bids you, do it 

Though you may not understand: 
Yield to Him complete obedience, 

Then you'll see His mighty hand; 
'Fill the water pots with water,' 

Fill them to the brim; 
He will honor all your trusting — 
Leave the miracle to Him!" 
On the cross perfect man said, "I thirst." On the same 
cross perfect God said to the dying thief, "Today shalt 
thou be with Me in paradise." 

Qowmmts on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for March 23, 1952 

Lesson: Acts 16:6-15, 40 

HOW OFTEN just one short paragraph or even one 
short sentence casts a beam of light upon the char- 
acter of an individual that is equal to the recital of an 
entire life story. It seems to me that this is the case with 
the woman that is presented for our study today — "Lydia, 
seller of purple of the city of Thyatira." Three short 
verses found in Acts 16 — the 14th, 15th and the 40th, as 
found in our lesson, are all we have in the Word with 
reference to her. Yet in these three verses we find enough 
about this good woman to merit her choice by the lesson 
committee as representing the "Open heart and the open 
hand" — the theme of this lesson. 

Our lesson opens with a recital of the struggle which 
Paul and his helpers had in getting the permission of 
the Holy Spirit to continue in their work, and the sub- 
sequent vision which came to Paul of the appeal of the 
"man of Macedonia." It must have been immediately fol- 
lowing this vision, or just prior to it, that Luke joined 
the missionary party, for in telling the story Luke begins 
by saying, "Now when THEY had gone through Phrygia 
..." and following the vision he continues the recital 
by saying, "After he (that is Paul) had seen the vision, 
immediately WE endeavored to go into Macedonia ..." 

As an eye-witness, then, he continues his story of their 
trip, naming the various places which they touched on 
their journey — leaving Troas, and going to Samothracia, 
Neapolis, and on to Philippi, "the chief city of that part 
of Macedonia." And here they abode "certain days." 

During their sojourn here, the Sabbath day came, and 
as usual they sought a place to worship with those of 
like understanding. Because the riverside was a suitable 
place for outdoor worship, they went to a place "where 
prayer was wont to be made" and there took occasion to 
preach the Gospel of "Christ to "the women which resorted 

MARCH 15, 1952 


We have no explanation of why only women are spoken 
of, but it may be that Luke was interested so much in 
what followed the teaching- that he only recorded the 
fact of presence of these women to impress upon the 
minds of his readers that not only were men to have the; 
advantage of this new gospel, but that women also were 
favored in the acceptance. Be that as it may, here we 
have the effect of the preaching of the gospel message 
upon people when it is directed entirely by the guidance 
of the Holy Spirit. 

Let us note the reaction of Lydia. First of all we must 
remember that one who diligently worships God is al- 
ways of an "open heart" and ready to hear His voice. 
Then note that, since Paul had been led to this place, 
that the Lord had been there ahead of him and had al- 
ready prepared the soil for the reception of the Word. 
Therefore we read that "Lylia . . . which worshipped God, 
heard us, whose heart was opened, and she attended unto 
the things which were spoken of Paul." That is, she re- 
ceived the message into her "open heart," and the result 
was acceptance of Christ and the baptism of those of her 
household who were with her. 

Now see what followed the "open heart." She at once 
deemed it a privilege to minister to those who had brought 
her such a wonderful message. In consequence, she in- 
vited — yes, even more than invited, for invitations are 
sometimes just polite words, with a veiled meaning. She 
"besought" them — urged them — "constrained" is the 
final word used here. She would not take "no" for an 
answer. An "open home" — opened because of the "love 
of the Brethren." How many old-time preachers can re- 
peat that story in their own experience, over and over 
again: "Welcomed into the home." 

And lastly, we note that, even after Paul and Silas had 
been imprisoned and had upon them the stigma of pris- 
oners, her home was opened up to them and there they 
again found a welcome. 

It may be safely said that the beginnings of the Philip- 
ipan Church were laid in Lydia's home. Thousands and 
thousands of women have laid, and are still laying, the 
foundation stones for great work for the Master, with 
their "open hearts and open homes." God bless the women 
for their staunch courage and undying love of the Master 
of all mankind. 

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The drive of the plan for '*Seeds for Democracy" con- 
ducted by the committee for a free Asia, and which offi- 
cially ended on Monday, December 31st, resulted in the 
receiving and shipping to Manila of 306,528 individual 
packages of seeds which will be distributed there. An ad- 
ditional 15,000 packages are to be purchased with the 
$1,103.00 which was received in cash. 

Seed Companies say that a single package of vegetable 
seed is capable of germinating the equivalent of $10.00 
worth of vegetables in the Philippines. Therefore an 
equivalent of more than $3,000,000.00 worth of potential 
food has been sent to the Philippine Islands. The cost of 
the packing and shipping of the seeds was borne by the 
Committee and the seeds have been distributed through- 
out the islands at no cost to the Filipino recipients. 


THE SOUTHERN INDIANA District Laymen met at 
the Loree Barethren Church on Monday evening*, Feb- 
ruary 18th, for their regular quarterly meeting. The ladies 
of the Host Church served a very delicious ham sapper, 
with all the trimmings. 

After the fellowship supper we gathered in the church 
auditorium for our evening program. A ten minute pre- 
lude of music was very ably presented by Mrs. Edward 
Lippold at the Piano and Ronald LeMaster at the Organ, 
to the enjoyment of all present. 

Edward Lippold acted as chairman of the evening and 
gave us welcome. Paul LeMaster led the group in sing- 
ing, "Oh, That Will Be Glory For Me," accompanied by 
the piano and organ. Mr. Lippold introduced Andrew York, 
who led us in the evening devotions, reading Acts 8:26-40 
and leading in prayer. The Loree Men's Quartet sang a 
very beautiful spiritual entitled, " "Hear Dem Bells," ac- 
companied by Mrs. Lippold. 

Wayne Betzner, Jr., our new President, had charge of 
the business session. The reports of the Secretary and 
Treasurer were read and approved. The roll call showed 
that there were one hundred and forty-five present, from 
eleven churches in our Southern District. This is the 
largest attendance we have had in several years, which, 
we hope, is the trend to greater interest in Laymen's 
work. Brother Austin Gable made announcement of the 
District Ministerial meeting and the District Youth meet- 
ing. Bud Hunter, National Laymen President, gave some 
highlights of the National Laymen's work. 

Mr. Lippold then introduced Mr. Claud Wolfe, coach at 
Manchester College, as the speaker of the evening. Mr. 
Wolfe, being a native of Loree, the basketball boys of 
the surrounding community paid him homage by attend- 
ing in a body. Mr. Wolfe, having spent some time a? a 
missionary in Ecuador or Latin America, compared the 
athletic situation there with that in our own land, saying 
that in Ecuador a game of any kind was nothing more 
than a fight between two sides, neither side having re- 
spect for the other. 

He continued his talk by speaking of the existing con- 
ditions in that country; how the government has no re- 
spect for the inhabitants and holds them in complete sub- 
jection. He stated that the "soul of man" is considered as 
of no value whatever, closing with the challenge that we, 
as Christians, should be more appreciative of the privi- 
leges and opportunities that we enjoy in this land of ours, 
willing, if need be, to sacrifice for these enjoyments. 

The quartet sang another very appreciated number en- 
titled, "I Won't Have To Cross The Jordan Alone." and 
Rev. Claud Studebaker, pastor of the Host Church, pro- 
nounced the benediction. 

Guy Y. Purdy, Secretary. 

Better health will be enjoyed when we follow more 
closely the rules which permit it. 



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Like all the rest of us, we like to see what's doing 
among 1 the churches. So perhaps it is up to us to say a 
word about our own balawick. We have had a very busy 
time since last we wrote and all we can see ahead for 
a while is that we shall be busier than ever. Our last 
report was made last spring and since the year is nearly 
up we make another effort at it. 

After Easter we went to work on the readying our- 
selves for a program of building and improvement. This 
work took a little longer than we expected, and perhaps 
also a little more cash too. But that's the way with our 
very busy and also very costly world these days. So the 
first week of May ground was broken for a rather ex- 
tensive operation for a small rural church. But we needed 
the room and that gave impetus to the work. 

Now after these months we are about ready to dedi- 
cate and on Sunday, March thirtieth, we are planning to 
have the program of dedication conducted. Nearby Breth- 
ren churches are cordially invited to meet with us as 
opportunity may permit that day. We do not ask any to 
side-step their own work to be with us, but if possible 
along with their regular services they can run in for all 
or part of the day's doings, we assure them they shall 
find a real welcome awaiting them. There will be three 
services during the day, the regular morning worship ser- 
vice at eleven; the dedicatory service proper at two- 
thirty in the afternoon, and evangelistic service in the 

Our revival commences on March twenty-fourth and 
continues over Palm Sunday, April sixth. That brings the 
dedication services right in the middle of the meetings 
and we feel it should and will be a booster for the meet- 
ings. Brother John F. Locke is to be our evangelist. He is 
a product of the local church and is well liked by all and 
we look for an interesting and spiritual uplift these two 
weeks. Again the invitation is out to any and all folks 
of nearby Brethren churches to come and enjoy the good 
things with us. We know brother John will appreciate 
such visitation too. 

We might add that the building program and work did 
make us move about somewhat to keep the regular ser- 
vioea going. But we made the grade and not one service 
was cancelled. Worship services and Sunday School were 
carried on as usual even though under handicaps. Now 
for the past five Sundays we have been having services 
in the remodeled house in regular order. And the going 
is certainly fine. We cannot go into detail regarding it 
all, but one thing we do say is that the Sunday School 
has much nicer quarters and all classes meet above ground. 

Five classes used to meet in our large basement room. 
Now that will be given over to social purposes and the 
like. And so much now for that. We promise that after 
the dedication services are past and the meetings have 
closed that we will send a report of the various doings. 

During the months we have had the usual run of ser- 
vices and we feel things have gone nicely. The Sunday 
School is having a real enthusiastic attendance. We have 
just given thirty-five attendance award pins for the year 
1951. That is no small number and shows why we do 
have good attendance even when the weather is quite 

We had full attendance of delegates at the district con- 
ference at Cumberland and all enjoyed it. Maurertown has 
always been noted for such attendance at district confer- 
ence. Then at National Conference we were represented 
too, but we do not do as well in attendance there. Yet we 
are always well represented. 

Rally Day came along and found us with an over-the-top 
attendance and also offering. It might be added here that 
during the past year the Sunday School received about 
twelve hundred dollars to be applied to the Building and 
Improvement fund. The first Sunday of each month has 
been cash day for that purpose and that day all over 
five dollars in the offering goes to the fund named. They 
will need keep this up for some time in order to help 
liquidate the indebtedness incurred by the building pro- 
gram. More power to them. 

Our spring and fall Communion services were held at 
the usual time, that is the third Sundays of May and 
October. The October service found us with a house full 
of earnest communicants, one of the largest groups in 
years. But that is the way it should be among Brethren 
folk. It is too bad to hear pastors say that far less than 
half of the membership attend this strikingly Brethren 
service. ; \ 

Thanksgiving Day came along and we had the usual ser- 
vice of the day. This we always have in the evening so 
as to have service for many who can't or don't attend the 
morning services in the nearby towns. We had a nice 
attendance and the pastor brought the message this time 
with Brother John Locke assisting. Brother John and the 
pastor alternate in this. 

And then came Christmas. We had a program prepared 
and then ran into some of the worst weather of the year. 
But we beat the weather to it. The committee had things 
well in hand and then instead of running afoul of what 
might be a bad evening, and it was, they put the program 
on after the Sunday School hour in the morning. This 
went across fine and the White Gift offering that we re- 
ceived then was one of the largest we ever gave. So mak- 
ing the best of things is the way to proceed. At least 
no one had done anything about the weather and so we 
simply had to ignore it and proceed. 

And now we are well into the new year and still mak- 
ing progress as we think. Surely folks of the brotherhood 
will lift up a prayer that this group might be always 
loyal and on the move for better things. God has blessed 
and He will continue to do so if we do our part. 

And one other word. The Southeastern District Confer- 
ence is to meet in the Maurertown church June .17-19. We 
are pointing ourselves for that happy time. The District 
Executive Committee has already met and arranged what 

MARCH 15, 1952 


we feel is a worth-while program. And now we again ex- 
tend the invitation, "On to Maurertown." And perhaps 
the editor thinks we have already taken up too much 
space and so with a prayer for God's richest blessings 
on all and sundry, and a further request for continued in- 
terest in the prayers of all who believe in prayer and 
what it can accomplish, we bring this epistle to a close. 

E. L. Miller, pastor. 


(A Belated Report) 

In closing our ministry at South Bend, Indiana, we re- 
ceived fourteen new members of whom we made no men- 
tion in our report, "South Bend to Loree." On June the 
27th we received three new members — a man and wife, 
he by letter from our Teagarden church, and she by bap- 
tism; the other one being an adult lady. In August eleven 
were baptized and received into the church — three men 
and their wives, one lady of seventy-five years of age, 
a man of sixty years, and another lady and two junior 
boys. A fine group' which we were glad to welcome into 
the church, for the hope of the church is a continual 
growth in numbers and in the Spirit o fthe Lord, for 
there is always a loss by death, marriage, removal, of- 
fense, neglect, etc. Every good blessing be on these new 
members and the church of which they are an important 
part. Claud Studebaker, Bunker Hill, Indiana 

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McGIRR-RHOADES. Ruth Irene McGirr and Richard 
H. Rhoades were united in marriage in a church wedding 
at the First Brethren Church of South Bend, on Febru- 
ary 16, 1952, in a double ring ceremony by the under- 
signed. The bride is a member of the First Brethren 
Church and the bridegroom is an active Christian, a mem- 
ber of another church. He is one of six brothers, five of 
whom were members of the maz'riage party, and one, 
who is preparing for the ministry, was the vocalist. Two 
sisters of the bride served as bridesmaids. They will 
make their home in South Bend. Claud Studebaker. 


Roger Dale Snow was united in marriage to Chrystal 
Dolijs of Chicago in the Prayer Chapel on December 15, 
1951. Roger is a member of the church- 

Ramona Swanitz was united in marriage to Robert Mil- 
ler in the church on December 29, 1951, in the presence 
of the immediate relatives and a few friends. Ramona is 
a member of the church. They are residing in Dunlap. 

Mrs. Beulah Yoder was united in marriage to William 
Uhler in her home on January 6, 1952. She is a member 
of the church. Mr. Uhler plans to united with the church. 

Phyllis Krickbaum was united in marriage to Jack 
Lough on January 12, 1952 in the church before a large 
group of relatives and friends. Phyllis is a member of the 
church. They reside at 421% W. Lexington. 

L. V. King. 

MYRTE ;ESTELLE DUNN, wife of James F. Dunn, 
and a member of the Lattasbiug Fairhaven Brethren 
Church, passed away Dec. 30, l'.)~>l after a long illr. 
Born May 28, 1879 in Pleasant County, W. Va., she came 
to Pleasant Home 22 years ago. 

She is survived by her husband, six daughters, seven 
sons, 25 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 1, 1952 at the 
Dunn residence in Pleasant Home by Dr. L. E, Lindower, 
assisted by Rev. Sharr of the Methodist Church of Pleas- 
ant Home, and the undersigned. P'urther services were 
held in West Virginia, with burial in the Willow Island 
cemetery. Lyle Lichtenberger. 

WINEGARD. William H. Winegard died February 2, 
1952 at the age of eighty-one years, eleven months ana 
twenty days. He had laid bricks and stone for fifty-five 
years before retiring at the age of 76. He was a deacon 
in the Mt. Olive Brethren church for forty years. He also 
served two terms as a trustee of the church. He had been 
in failing health and unable to attend church for several 
years. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and 
three foster daughters. Funeral services were held in the 
Mill Creek Church of the Brethren with the undersigned 
in charge, assisted by Elder Chas. E. Long. Interment 
was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. 

John F. Locke. 

LAWSON. Robert E. Lawson of South Bend, Indiana, 
departed to be with his Lord from the Korean battlefield 
about July 1, 1951. The body was returned to South Bend 
and a memorial service was held from the First Brethren 
Church, of which he was a member, on December 16th. 
Called to the armed service of our country, he was soon 
in Korea, leaving here his wife, Melba (Welsh) Lawson, 
and a baby daughter, Barbara Sue, a year old last July 
first. He had written to Barbara Sue telling her that he 
could not be with her on her first birthday, but that he 
would make it up to her later. The letter and the grievous 
notice from the army that he was "Killed in Action," 
arrived at the same time. Heartbreak indeed! I had mar- 
ried them, baptized them, blessed their first baby and 
in a few months had buried the babe; blessed Barbara 
Sue — so they seemed my own children in the faith. May 
the dear Lord bind up the broken hearts. The undersigned 
was in charge of the memorial, assisted by Rev. M. A. 

HARTGROViE. Mrs. Isaac (Eliza Webb) Hartgrove de- 
parted to be with her Lord on February 14, 1952. She had 
carried a burden of sorrow since the passing of her hus- 
band in May of 1951, and she quietly went to sleep in 
Jesus, "from which none ever wakes to weep.'" The Loree 
Church was the family church, but for the past few years, 
living in Peru health did not permit them to attend. They 
lived near and attended the Xazarene Church when un- 
able to attend their own. The Xazarene pastor. Rev. Tuck- 
er, preached the funeral sermon in the Loree church, the 
pastor, the undersigned, assisting. [Music by the Loree 
quartet. Claud Studebaker. 



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Items of general Interest 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Brother S. C. Fairbanks says, 
"We have all been very happy over the growing atten- 
dance in our church services. We are especially happy 
over the response the young people have made to the 
newly organized youth group." 

Election of officers for both the Church and Sunday 
School was recently conducted in the business meeting 
of the congregation. 

A Lenten "Check List" is being included in the "Re- 
minders" which are handed out in the Washington Church, 
in order that the membership may evaluate their spir- 
itual lives in this season. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. We note that warmer 
weather must surely be approaching, for the St. James 
people have set the time and place for their Sunday 
School Picnic — Time: July 27th; Place: Schafer Memor- 
ial Park. 

OAK HILL, WEST VIRGINIA. Brother Arthur Tinkel 
says that the treasurer of their New Outdoor Bulletin 
Board Project, which project is being sponsored by the 
Young Adult Class, reports a total in the fund of $100.00 
in cash and pledges. 

We note that Brother and Sister James Duncan cele- 
brated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday, 
March 12th. May we join in congratulations. 

Brother Elmer Keck tells us that the Sunday School voted 
to have the offering of March 2nd go to the W. C. T. U. 
to help furnish fruit juices for the soldier boys. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. We note that the Woman's 
Missionary Society of Masontown held an afternoon and 
evening meeting with a fellowship program at 3:00 
o'clock, and a supper at 5:30. It was open to the entire 

The Dorcas Class held a Bazaar on March 15th for the 
purpose of raising additional money for their Building 

MEYE'RSDALE, PENNA. The Sisterhood and Brother- 
hood Organizations have decided to hold their meetings 
at the church on Thursday evenings. 

■BERLIN, PENNA. Brother Percy Miller says that a 
new member was received in the church fellowship by 
letter on Sunday, March 2nd. 

A "Quilting Parey" was held at the church by the 
women of the church on Wednesday, March 5th. It was 
an all-day affair with a covered dish dinner. 

NORTH GEORGETOWN, OHIO. Brother Robert Hoff- 
man reports that they again "topped" their previous of 
ferings in the recent Benevolent Offering. The amount 
this year was about $75.00 and that of last year, was 

He also says that pre-Easter services are planned, and! 
that they are to be both evangelistic and instructive, 
with Brother Charles Munson as the guest speaker. The 
dates are April 9, 10 and 11. 

The Sunday School average attendance for February 
is reported as 75, an increase of eight over February of 
last year. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. In renewing their "Evangelist' 
subscription, Brother and Sister Calvin Teeters, write 
that Brother Edwin Boardman, who is acting as supply 
pastor of the Louisville Brethren Church since Brother 
Byler left to take up the New Lebanon, Ohio, pastorate, 
is doing a fine piece of work, and that he "fits in fine" 
and that his messages are both biblical and very inter- 
esting. The Editor wishes to express his appreciation for 
the fine things .Brother and Sister Teeters had to say 
about the "Evangelist." 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. We are in receipt of Volume I 
Number 1, of the "Brethren Messenger," the new parish 
paper of the Smithvtille Church. It is edited by the 
pastor, Brother Robert DeMass, and is a five-page mim- 
eographed paper. The "typist" is Lila Jean Miller. It is 
to be sent out monthly and is full of news from each 
department of the work of the church. From this new 
"Paper" we glean several "Items of General Interest": 

We note that a special offering is to be lifted on 
Sunday, March 23rd, to cover the cost of the "Sound 
System" now in use. The cost was over $300.00. 

A "Home Talent Amateur Night" is scheduled for the 
evening service of March 30th. All the numbers are to 
be of a sacred nature. Already many have signified their 
desire to "try out." 

We learn that the Smith ville Laymen's Organization 
was represented at the Northeastern Ohio Laymen's quar- 
terly meeting, which was held at the Firestone Park 
Church in Akron, by more than forty men. They had a 
goal of half the attendants and they almost made it. 

GRATIS. OHIO. Brother William Creek reports that 
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MARCH 22, 1952 


When tf)oes Education End? 

WHEN ONE IS ASKED concerning his scholastic at- 
tainments, he is almost sure to reply with a re- 
cital of the schools he has attended and the degrees which 
he has obtained. Many times it is felt that if the indi- 
vidual has succeeded in graduating from a number of 
institutions of learning and has done reasonably well in 
the courses pursued, so that he is able to place a num- 
ber of "Letters" after his name to show the degrees at- 
tained, he has the perfect right to count himself as 
"educated." Is this really true? And if it is true, when 
may we say that the period of education ends ? 

These thoughts came to me as I listened to President 
Glenn L. Clayton, as he addresses a recent meeting of 
the Ashland Laymen's Organization. He spoke on the gen- 
eral subject of the Eelationship of Christianity and Edu- 
cation. In the course of his treatment of the subject he 
made the statement that while we are placing an evi- 
dent emphasis on the necessity of the education of the 
youth of our land, we are being sadly negligent in the 
field of continued adult education. 

This set me to thinking! 

Falling in the class of adulthood, I began asking my- 
self some questions. Have I ceased in my own educational 
advance ? Am I seeking each day to further my knowl- 
edge in both material and spiritual fields? If I have 
failed to increase my knowledge day after day as I have 
gone on in my life after receiving my degree, then I 
have failed miserably in my education, for in the process 
of schooling in institutions of learning, the most impor- 
tant thing to remember is that we are being taught to 
be taught. One of my early school teachers, to whom I 
owe a great deal, used to say, "Remember that I am 
teaching you to teach yourself. Unless you use your 
present knowledge as a stepping stone to a higher knowl- 
edge, you will never be able to mount the real stairway 
of education. And remember that the next step is never 
the final one." 

How true that is, not alone in the realm of the mate- 
rial, but also in the realm of the spiritual. 

Someone has written the following four lines: 

"Count that day lost 
Whose rays of setting sun 
Descend on you 
And find no reading done." 

To which lines we are adding: 
Not merely reading — 
Perish ye the thought — 
But read to know, 
And read the thing you ought! 

To read, to hear, 
To think, retain; 

And in every field 
New knowledge gain. 

But let it ever be 

A knowledge from above, 

That brings deeper understanding 

Of God's love. 

Be it said to the discredit of far too many adults that 
real education ended for them before it was fairly begun. 
Because of this very fact we are now suffering the pen- 
alties of a too-small knowledge of the spiritual side of 
life. This spiritual side of life was left submerged in 
an overpowering urge to gain a material knowledge. The 
seeker after a worldly education far too often forgets 
that the Infinite God, who is the Author of ALL knowl- 
edge, is also the Author of the "scriptures which are 
able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith in 
Christ Jesus." 

Solomon, considered the wisest man of the age, said 
very pointedly, "Wisdom is the principle thing; there- 
fore get wisdom," then he adds significantly, "but with 
all thy getting, get understanding." And just what is 
wisdom? It is, according to the dictionary, "the ability 
to judge soundly and deal sagaciously with facts, espe- 
cially as tihey relate to life and conduct." Isn't that also 
what we call "education?" Can the seeking of it ever 
end? Are you still seeking to attain an education wor- 
thy of the name? And most important — is it Christian 
Education ? 

Think it over! 

"And Vet . . ." 

We did not sentence Jesus, 
Or prod Him up that hill 
Of mingled prayer and anguish 
To do the Father's will. 

We took no part in platting 
Those thorns; we drove no nail; 
None of us felt the earthquake: 
We were not there to rail. 

We could not ever measure 
A blackness so intense. 
With our indifference! 
Yet, how we crucify Him 

— Annabelle Merrifield. 

No one but we ourselves can make ourselves beautiful. 
No one can be pure, honorable and loving for us. 



We aire glad to present tins thought pro- 
voking article from the pen of Brother J. 
D. Hamel, as it relates to tJie work of ttie 
laity of the churclt. In it he deals witJi the 
opporhaiities and tfie obligations of the 
layrnen which if accepted as a duty to the 
church, become the basis of real advance 
in tlve work of the Lord. "What Can I Do: 
I Am Only a Layman" is a timely and. per- 
tinent article, ivell worth reading and med- 
ita t ion. — Editor. 

What Can I Do? 

Am Only a Layman! 

Rev. J. D. Hamel 



Text: "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood" I Peter 28:9. 

THE NARROW and exclusive priesthood of the Jews 
has given place to the wider and general priesthood 
which God had in view from the beginning. The promise 
to the Hebrews, "Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of 
priests," now extends to all Christians, who are in reality 
today the true Israel of God. The dispensation which the 
prophet Joel foresaw, in which, without animal sacrifice 
or any human intermediary, "whosoever shall call on the 
name of the Lord shall be saved," has archived. 

If all Christians are priests, then as such they are equal 
before God, and the terms "minister" and "layman" refer 
to differences of function, and not of order. God makes 
no distinction of superiority or inferiority between lay 
priests and clerical priests. No man is nearer to God on 
account of his profession, position or station in life than 
any other man. The bridge that leads to God is the same 
for every man; it is the blood of Christ. 

Do you know what it is to be a layman ? Are you famil- 
iar with the fundamental meaning of the word? It is de- 
rived from the Greek "laos," which was the special title 
given to God's chosen people to distinguish them from the 
surrounding nations. Instead of being used merely in a 
negative sense to designate one who is not an ordained 
clergyman, layman is a lofty, noble, and inspired word of 
positive spiritual import, implying the possession of the 
glory of covenanted access to God and intimacy with Him. 
To be a layman is to be one of the people whom God has 
made to be His very own, a member of His great family 
of kings and priests. A proper emphasis upon the doctrine 
of the personal priesthood of all believers is one of the 
paramount needs of Christendom. Such emphasis will not 
detract from the sacred office and calling of the Chris- 
tian ministry, but will rather encourage and strengthen 
the hands of the clergy by ushering in a mighty era of 
activity and progress' on the part of the LAITY. For it 
will tend to the rightful realization of the high position 
of all the members of the body of Christ, and bring to 
the laymen a new vision of their birthright as Christians. 

The Great Commission was spoken, not just for the 
Twelve or for the assembled disciples, but it was given 
to thf;m in their corporate capacity for the whole body of 
the church. The same marching orders were issued alike 
to both lay and clerical soldiers in the king's army. The 
primitive obligation resting upon the entire membership 
to bear witness for Christ has never been repealed. It is 

the duty of the office-bearers to make all the members 
effective in the work of the church. We preachers should 
not claim, nor should the laymen depute to us, the whole 
responsibility for the Kingdom's welfare. The tendency to 
throw the responsibility Which belongs to all alike upon 
the clergy as a professional burden is a calamity. 

When Brethren laymen today shirk their personal re- 
ligious responsibility they should beware. For they are 
neglecting their own proper priesthood; they are conceal- 
ing their candle under a bushel; they are disregarding 
their duty as professed disciples of Christ. Is it not high 
time for us to rediscover, re-emphasize, revive, and re- 
vitalize this truth of the universal priesthood of all dis- 
ciples, this doctrine that invokes a higher lay standard 
and creates a deeper sense of lay responsibility? Our 
Heavenly Father has put His church in the world and 
given His children the task of making disciples of all the 
people in it. We must marshall the lay forces of Christen- 
dom more completely to save them and to meet the en- 
larged and enlarging responsibilities of the new day. 

Every Christian can act as a priest to lead men to God. 
The most scientific, fundamental, and effective method of 
spreading the Kingdom is personal testimony. This way 
is open to all. 

Does some one inquire, "WHAT CAN I DO; I AM 
ONLY A LAYMAN?" I would answer that there is more 
need for those who can talk about religion than there is 
for those who can preach about it. The work of the or- 
dained minister is professional, that of the laymen vol- 
untary. Consider God's use of laymen in the past to ad- 
vance His cause and glorify Him. Enoch, the companion of 
God, who was translated that he should not see death, 
was a layman, and before his translation he had this tes- 
timony that he pleased God. Abraham, the friend of God, 
whom God chose to be the head and founder of the Hebrew 
race, and with whom He made an everlasting covenant, 
was a layman. Jacob, who wrestled all night long in 
prayer and prevailed to have power with God and with 
men, was a layman. Joseph, that fine pattern of purity 
for the young manhood of the world, was a layman. David, 
the man after God's own heart, was a layman. Solomon, 
the wisest man, was a layman. Stephen, the first Chris- 
tian martyr, was a* layman. Luke, the author of one of 
the most beautiful books ever written, the Gospel that 

MARCH 22, 1952 


bears his name, and the first historian of the Christian 
Church, was a layman. 

All the great revivals of history have been made pos- 
sible by the activity of laymen. The first was in the apos- 
tolic age and extended the Gospel throughout Asia; the 
second was the Protestant Reformation conducted by lay 
monks who broke with the hierarchy of Rome; the third 
was the Wesleyan movement which belted the world with 
the help of lay preachers. 

was Robert Raikes, a layman, who launched the Sunday 
School movement; it was a layman named George Wil- 
liams who organized the Young Men's Christian Associa- 
etion; the names of two laymen, Mr. Riis and Miss Adams, 
are inseparably linked with the inauguration of social set- 
tlement work; it was a layman, John B. Selman, Jr., who 
inspired and promoted the organization of the Laymen's 
Missionary Movement in America. Two of the outstanding 
apostles of the Christian religion in the 20 's were John R. 
Mott and Robert :E. Speer. Is there a preacher anywhere 
who wields as much influence for Christianity as Robert 
E. Speer? 

are not enough and never will be enough ordained men 

to win the whole world for Christ. Millions of BOUJj will 
never hear the Gospel unless laymen help to tell the hV 
Moreover, laymen have opportunities that are closed to 
the ministry. Intimate association with th<- i world 

gives them access to many whom they may win for their 
Lord. It is theirs to represent Christ in the marts 
and markets of the world, in the home and on the str- 
in the field and in the shop. We are not reaching the world 
as rapidly as we should by millions of paces. W<- are not 
discipling our own country fast enough to guaranty 
Christian Nation to future generations. \{<-r> is the su- 
preme opportunity for the laymen to come to the rescue. 

One of the chief joys of the minister in Heaven, I think, 
will be the association of the choice souls who fought loy- 
ally and bravely by his side in the battles of the Kingdom 
here below, and helped to make his ministry a success. 

Whether preacher or layman, "he that winneth souls 
is wise," and "They that turn many to righteousness shall 
shine as the stars forever." Whether preacher or layman, 
he that is "faithful unto death" shall receive a crown of 
life." Whether preacher or layman, "to him that overcom- 
eth" it will be given "to eat of the tree of life which is 
in the midst of the paradise of God." 

— Lanark, Illinois. 


When Gkurch Wlembers TYlove flway 


(Since all denominations face the same problem in the 
constant moving of members from place to place, we pass 
an to our readers a timely little article from a recent 
issue of "The Gospel Messenger," by C. E. Zunkel. We 
have substituted a few words to make it more personal 
without doing violence to the text of the message, and 
ipologize to the author for such rewording. The changes 
ire set in "blackface type" and we are sure he will not 
'mind" our taking this liberty. The changes are only to 
De found where definite addresses make it necessary for 
)ur own work. — Editor) 

minister, or as leaders of the local church, is ex- 
tremely important. Keeping in constant touch with them 
is much, much more so. Far too many persons and fam- 
ilies move from our midst to "places unknown" to us. 
When that happens we are very frequently on the way 
:o losing people from vital membership in our churches. 

The Problem 

Try as we will to keep an up-to-date file of nonresi- 
dent members, we just have not been able to do it very 
well. Often the addresses are reported so long after the 
move was made that they are already out of date when 
we receive them. Because of this, our reporting to con- 
gregations in places to which they have moved is often 
ineffective. Sometimes the word has come after the mem- 
bers have already become affiliated with some other church 
of the area. Other times their spiritual interest has waned 
and they respond poorly to overtures made to them by 

the visiting minister of the church they should have at- 

Suggestions Toward Solution 

First, every church through its pastor should do its 
utmost to keep vital contact with its membership, keeping 
aware of changes of residence in its membership before 
they happen; certainly at the time they do. Members 
should be trained to have higher regard for their church 
affiliation. When they are received into fellowship and 
by constant processes of education, they should be taught 
that they are responsible for notifying their pastor of 
contemplated change of residence; further, that they 
should seek his help in locating in advance their new 
church home. We must do better in educational work a: 
this point. Active church affiliations must be important 
in the mind of every Christian. 

Second, changes should be reported by the pastor or 
minister of the church losing the member to two places: 

1. The pastor of the Brethren Church nearest the new 
location of the moving member. Even a distance of ten 
to twenty miles may not hinder a vital affiliation with 
the new church. Such advance notices make possible a 
warm welcome at arrival time. 

2. The office of The Missionary Board at Ashland. 
Ohio. Here non-resident members are contacted at va- 
rious times by regular mail service. This office, in turn 
should notify the nearest church. In this fashion the pros- 
pective new church home has a dual notice of them. 

Third, reports of such changes of address should not 
wait to be reported at the time of the annual reports — 
June 30th. To wait that long is often to lose the people 



from the church. The yearly report should come as a 
supplement to correct all existing records. 

If every church through its ministry will follow these 
three suggestions above, we can save members for the 
church and can help other members active, vital Chris- 

Thus speaks one who is qualified to make such sugges- 
tions, suggestions which, if followed, will do much to stop 
the constant "leak" that comes with the continual move- 
ment of church families from one location to another. 
It is possible that even now, you as a reader of The 
Evangelist, are planning to move. We know that many 
people move, for we are constantly receiving the notification 
of "change of address" of our subscribers. Only in this last 
mail there were six changes came to the desk of our 
office secretary. Have you found out whether you are to 
be near a Brethren Church in such a move? Have you 
written to the pastor of the church in the city where 
you are moving to tell him of your coming to his com- 
munity? Have you, if you are moving to a territory where 
there is no Brethren Church, thought of writing to the 
office of the Missionary Board, telling them that you 

are making such a move and asking that they keep in 
touch with you in your new location? 

On second thought, maybe you did not realize that 
such action was very important, not only to the Brethren 
Church, but also to yourself! It seems that we forget so 
often that the Church is (or should be) a very definite 
part of our lives. If we have been regular in attendance 
at the church of which we are members, then we are apt 
to realize that it is so much a part of our every-day life 
that we cannot well get along without it. But, of course, 
if we are only spasmodic attendants we will not realize 
what a difference the church can make in our lives from 
day to day. It is because of the latter class that we 
"lose" so many "members" from our lists. The answer 
to the problem, then, must be a closer association with 
the church by all of its membership, with a deeper desire 
to be of service to the church in all of its advances. 
Away from it, too often we lose not only our contact 
with it, but the vital sense of being a part of it and its 

Here is a problem that needs the examination, not only 
of the church officiary and the Mission Board, but of each 
and every member of the Brethren Church. 


Doing The Will of God 


By The Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 

(There are times when we need to be led back to the 
thinkers of the past — men who were workers in the 
Lord's vineyard, far too often forgotten even by those 
who knew them best, and unknown by the rising genera- 
tion. Among such men we would name Dr. J. Allen 
Miller as an outstanding thinker and expounder of the 
Word of God. Consequently we are giving our readers 
the following article from his prolific pen, an article 
which deals with a pasasge of scripture which is never 
old in itself. — Editor) 

• • * « 

Pr>RHAPS one of the most familiar passages of the 
Gospel is the petition in the so-called Lord's Prayer: 
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so 
on earth." To realize how familiar this passage is we 
need only remember how many many millions daily re- 
peat the prayer. Read and ponder with Matthew 6:10; 
7:21. "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall 
entf;r into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the 
will of my Father who is in heaven." 

If I read the Gospel rightly, the biggest thing a man 
ran undertake to do is just this: TO DO THE WILL OF 

Jesus and the Will of God 

Jesus did the Will of God. "For I am come down from 
heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that 
sent me" John 6:38. For other statements on this point 
read John 4:34 and 8:29; Matthew 26:39 and its parallels; 
and many others that will occur to you. 

We find the same teaching stressed in the Epistles. 
Note this from St. Paul in Galatians 1:3-4: "Our Lord 
Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he 
might deliver us out of the present evil world, accord- 
ing to the will of our God and Father." 

We are not putting it too strongly when we assert 
that the ruling and dominating principle of Jesus' life 
was doing God's will. This principle motivated and en- 
ergized all He ever said and did. According to John 6:38 
this principle was the reason for the incarnation. Accord- 
ing to John 4:34 it was this principle which inspired 
Jesus' marvelous ministry of service. According to the 
quotation cited above from Paul, the sacrificial death 
of Jesus follows from His devotion to the will of God. 

The great temptation in the wilderness attests Jesus' 
loyalty and devotion to the will of God. No alternative 
course of action in life was open to Him. This is the 
one supreme teaching of the temptation, namely, that 
Jesus DOING THE WILL OF GOD is the highest good. 
Henceforth He gives Himself unreservedly and patiently 
and against the bitterest opposition to this one task. 
For Him it meant the joy of service and the cup of suf- 
fering. "Obedient even unto death" Philippians 2:5-8. 
Jesus did the will of God. Of that we are certain. 

Jesus revealed the will of God to men. As Jesus did 
the will of God, He revealed it to men. What Jesus taught 
men is the will of God. What Jesus began to do and to 
teach, as indicated in the Gospels, is continued in the 
work and teaching of the Apostles, as recorded in the 
Acts and the Epistles. Acts 1:1, and especially John 

MARCH 22, 1952 


14:26 and 16:12-13. But it is certainly unnecessary in tin's 
connection to maintain by elaborate proofs, the; truth of 
the statement that Jesus revealed to men the will of God. 

The Disciples and the Will of God 

Jesus imposed upon His disciples the doing of the will 
of God. He made the petition, referred to at the opening 
of this discussion, central in the prayer he taught them. 
It is thus made for men, as it was for Jesus, th<> su- 
preme good. He Himself warned men that entrance into 
the coming kingdom is conditioned upon doing God's will. 
To a careful and consistent reader of the New Testament, 
nothing can be clearer than that the Apostles and the 
immediate followers of Jesus regarded the doing of God's 
will as the one purpose of life. 

To render this obedience, dangers are braved and life, 
liberty and property forfeited. Error was combatted with 
a zeal that could not be daunted. And a holy enthusiasm 
sent men everywhere preaching the words of eternal life, 
[n the striking language of another, "The word of God 
was alive in every Christian of the apostolic age." For 
this doing of the will of God, this unfaltering obedience 
to it in every detail, no substitute could be brooked. No 
attainments of moral living, no smooth words of worldly 
wisdom however enticing, not even membership in an es- 
tablished religious community which had once borne the 
seal of God — NOT ONE of these can take the place for 
the early Christians of the doing the WILL OF GOD. 
Philosophy and wisdom, morals and religion, one and all 
other than that as revealed in Christ, are but powerless 
and fruitless rudiments of the world. Only obedience to 
the will of God availed with the true New Testament 

Can we who seek to live and exemplify the teachings 
of the New Testament, be satisfied with anything less? 
[f the Apostles and early Christians dared make no sub- 
stitute, dare we do so ? Are non-Christian, morals or sub- 
stitute religions of our day any better than they of Paul's 
day? Is not this proneness of men, who profess to be 
disciples of Jesus, to offer something else than the doing 
of God's will, the real cause of the failures so frequently 
attributed to the Gospel? 

Men Have Not Yet Done the Will of God 

I have thus been led to the consideration of the sad con- 
fession that as yet nothing like a wide and genuine at- 
tempt has been made by mankind to do unreservedly the 
will of God. From the Apostles who sealed their faith 
in Jesus Christ with their blood, until now, there have 
lived multitudes, I am happy to believe, who sincerely did 
the will of God. And yet — well, in spite of the millions 
of professed followers of the Son of God, we find a vast 
portion of tihe fairest lands of this old earth deluge 1 
in blood. One cannot help suspecting that for years that 
have grown into centuries the devil has been using the art 
of camouflage in a manner that must be highly pleas- 
ing to himself. The spurious, the false, the almost-but- 
not-quite genuine has been so successfully hidden under 
the guise of the real and genuine faith of Christ, that 
doubtless many quite earnest and sincere, though mis- 
taken and deluded, men and women have been led astray. 

Wherein Have Men Failed? 

I have doubtless said enough to raise the inquiry, 

"Wherein have men failed to do the Will of God?" I 
am far from setting myself up as a judge of oth- 
I am here undertaking nothing other than the ft 
of a warning. In pointing out a few striking instances 
of failure I may suggest others to your mind and thu.-: 
we may be mutually aroused to preach a more vigorous 
and complete Gospel. I shall not elaborate here, but ohall 
be content with the mere statement. I shall only add 
that I believe I am absolutely right in this contention- 
First. Jesus Christ taught that men should place the 
interests of the kingdom first. "But seek ye first his 
kingdom and his righteousness." 

Second. Jesus Christ taught that men must be born 
again. "Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he 
can not enter into the kingdom of God." 

Third. Jesus Christ taught the sacredness of property. 
He taught that His disciples were stewards, not owners. 
See the parable of the Unjust Steward. 

Fourth. Jesus Christ taught that men should love one 
another, even rtiheir enemies. He not only said, "Love thy 
neighbor," but also, "Love your enemies." 

Fifth. Jesus Christ taught regard for the poor, the 
weak, the unfortunate and the outcast. This teaching is 
illustrated in His whole career, but especially in His at- 
titude toward women and little children. 

Sixth. Jesus Christ taught what Spirit should dominate 
and control His disciples. He taught how freely God would 
give this Spirit if His disciples only asked Him. He called 
this Spirit THE HOLY SPIRIT— mark that W 7 ord. Com- 
pare Romans 8:9. 

But why say more? "For in many things we all stum- 
ble" James 3:2. 

» «»■ i 

Cert ^Reasons for a Family Altar 

IT WILL Sweeten home life and enrich home relation- 
ship as nothing else can do. 

IT WILL dissolve all misunderstanding and relieve 
all friction that may enter the home. 

IT WILL hold our boys and girls to the Christian ideal 
and determine their lasting welfare. 

IT WILL send us forth to our work for the day, in 
school, home, office, store, and factory, true to do our 
best and determined in what we do to glorify God. 

IT WILL give us strength to meet bravely any disap- 
pointments and adversities as they come. 

IT WILL make us conscious through the day of the 
attending presence of a divine Friend and Helper. 

IT WILL hallow our freindship with our guests in the 

IT WILL reinforce the influence and work of the 
church, the church school, and agencies helping to estab- 
lish the Christian ideal throughout the world. 

IT WILL encourage other homes to make a place for 
Christ and the church. 

IT WILL honor our Father above and express our grat- 
itude for His mercy and blessing. — Christian Di ges:. 






Brethren Young People 

Would you like to spend a summer in Europe? If you 
would, the Brethren Service Commission of Elgin, Illinois, 
has some challenging offers to make. They are not pro- 
posing a vacation of sight-seeing and leisure time exclu- 
sively; but they are presenting an opportunity to visit 
Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland and to 
work in camps, performing services which will make 
friendly relationships in these countries. 

The cost for the summer would be $750-$800, which 
would include transportation costs from New York to 
Europe and return, also a tour of Europe. 

If you think that your services should be sufficient, 
without having to pay for the trip, consider the summer 
a piece of missionary work. Perhaps some of our churches 
might subsidize one or two of its young people, thereby 
providing them with a marvelous experience and the needy 
of Europe with some assistance by wholesome Christian 

The group who take part in this summer's work, will 
leave New York on June 8; they will tour Europe, to es- 
tablish good will and understanding among nations; they 
will work in different camps for five weeks — July 12 to 
August 16; then they are invited to attend a Brethren 
annual conference. 

The tour of Europe is optional — in case it is not taken 
the cost is $240 less — and so is the attendance of the 
Brethren annual conference. Travel will be by ship, pos- 
sibly one way by plane. 

Anyone over eighteen years of age, in good health, who 
; not afraid to work and who has a sincere desire to 
serve, i:- eligible. Knowledge of a foreign language would 
be helpful, but not required. 

Almost any Christian young person should desire such 
' xperience; to a prospective social worker, teacher or 
minister the experience would be inestimable. Local 
churches, districts and organizations are urged to send 
their representatives to perform this excellent service. 

For further information write the Brethren Service 
Commission, 22 South State Street, P]lgin, Illinois. 


The goal of making the American Indian economically 
independent was emphasized by Methodist missionaries 

among the Indians in the United States as they met for 
their first denominational-wide conference in Columbus, 
Ohio. Thirty-'two mission stations from eleven states were 
present. The Executive Secretary, Dr. Fisher, said, "A 
hand, not a hand-out is the need of the Indians." Great 
is the desire to have them become self-supporting, after 
years of government wardship. Tragic conditions exist 
among the poor reservation Indians, such as the Navajo 
and Blackfeet. 


Over 12,000 Navajo Indian school children are with- 
out proper educational facilities on the largest Indian res- 
ervation in the United States, according to Dr. Leland C. 
Wyman, of Boston University, who recently studied the 
New Mexico-Arizona reservation. 

'"I he Navajo-Hopi rehabilitation bill which was to have 
helped the economic, social and educational conditions of 
the Indians has been slashed by our own national emer- 
gency," Dr. Wyman stated. "The Indians have also been 
hard hit by a severe drought which struck at the basis 
of their economy, killing off large herds of their sheep." 
—World Outlook. 


Contributions in cash and supplies totaling $5,743,291 
for overseas relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction were 
distributed during 1951 by Church World Service and the 
programs of related agencies whose appeals to the 
churches were approved by CWS, it was announced yes- 
terday by Harper Sibley, chairman of the Department of 
Church World Service, National Council of the Churches 
of Christ in the U. S. A., at headquarters at 120 East 
23rd St., New York City. This was in addition t amounts 
for these purposes raised and disbursed denominationally. 

Church World Service, Mr. Sibley said, shipped over- 
seas 9,6.12,594 lbs. of clothing food, and miscellaneous sup- 
plies, both contributed and purchased, which were valued 
at $3,990,985. It also distributed $966,757.14 in cash dur- 
ing the year. 

In addition, the Department of Inter-Church aid and 
Service to Refugees of the World Council of Churches dis- 
bursed $561,312 from American sources, Mr. Sibley also 
(Continued on Page 10) 

MARCH 22, 1952 


Brother S. E. Christiansen 

Writes to Boys and Girls 

In the Penna. District 

SAY, BOYS AND GIRLS, are you going to Camp this 
June ? You know this is the month the start is made to- 
ward camp at Juniata, Pennsylvania, under the super- 
vision of the fine companion and splendid leader, Brother- 
Walter C. Wertz. You will be well pleased if you go, and 
disappointed if you do not. 

Mother and Dad, whose childx'en were there: I believe 
you did notice a little change in your boy as he returned 
from Camp ? Your boy was like my boys — when you got 
into their room at times it looked like a cyclone had 
gone through it; some of the bedding was still on the 
bed, while other covers were beside it, or some other 
where. Do you know that I saw some such boy at the 
Camp who knew how to keep his room as neat and clean 
as any girl would keep hers. May I say that the bed was 
as slick, with nicely tucked-under covers, as any good 
nurse would keep the beds in a good hospital! 

And this was not all! In the four cabins at Camp 
Juanita, besides the nicely kept beds and the boys' gar- 
ments in good order hanging up in the right place, do you 
know what I saw? Well, here it is: In these cabins the 
floors were not only swept, but in each cabin the floors 
were washed — scrubbed with a broom. To me, these boys 
were of the finest boys in any community. Mother, one 
of these boys may have been your boy! 

Each instructor at the Camp, besides being a teacher, 
was a truly "out and out Chrsitian," and I did not hear 
them speak words contrary to such principles by which 
Christians are known. 

When any of the young people had a pain or an ache, 
they had a visit with the Camp Nurse, Sister Lucetta 
Hibbs, who gave them some pain or ache chaser and be- 
fore long they were usually as good as new. 

If any of the campers had the blues they could, and 
should stop and talk with the young woman who really 
had three jobs — The Registrar, the Secretary, and the 
newspaper printer and manager. Besides this she was al- 
ways ready to help anyone who needed it, and on top of 
all these labors she always had a real hearty smile and 
words of cheer for every one. This young lady was Miss 
Pauline Pritz of Berlin, Pennsylvania. 

The atmosphere of the Camp was the best, and the 
meals were good and substantial, yet at times it seemed 
to me that it was a long time between bell-ringing. How- 
ever Brother or Sister Wertz kept check on the time, so 
the bell always rang in time, even though my appetite 
(due to the wonderful fresh air), made me hungry sooner. 

I was always on time for meals, just like my table 
chums, who were: Brother Walter Wertz, and the fol- 
lowing ministerial brethren: N. V. Leatherman, Elmer Keck, 
Ralph Mills, William Keeling and W. S. Benshoff. All of 
us had learned by experience to be at the table on time, 
or else . . . ! We usually were, and enjoyed the fine food 

very much, as well as the splendid COTl :> in the 

ministry for our Blaster. 

May I say again, Boys and Girls of the Pennsylvania 
District, prepare to go to Camp Juniata thi.s year. You 
will like it far better than 1 could tell you in thi.s letter. 
However, you will say, with me, that Camp Juniata is a 
swell place to be — for physical development, the gai 
are clean and helpful and they had to good fellowship 
and the rinding of true chums. The morale i I igh 

among all at camp, and the aim of the directors is * 
Juniata one of ' the highest and best in the .spiritual lite. 
The participation at the Vespers shows the life i 
of the young campers in Christian living, as well as their 
attendance in the class room for Bible study. 

I advise you boys and girls to write to the "Camp Di- 
rector" Walter Wertz, 310 Fourth Street, Conemaugh, 
Penna., for INFORMATION. You will be glad you did. 

Sincerely your servant, 

S. E. Christiansen, Georgetown, Delaware. 

Doctrinal Statements 

By the Late Dr. J. Allen Miller 


Recall the determining factors in a study of the new 
life in Christ and especially as to its beginnings. First, 
man is a sinner and atonement must be made for his sin. 
A way of escape must be provided. In the last lesson we 
noted the second great essential to be remembered. The 
new life must begin with an act of God. Salvation is a 
divine gift, a gift of grace. Now we look at the human 

At the very beginning, as an element in the new birth, 
on the human side is what the scriptures call enlighten- 
ment, or if one prefers, illumination. See Hebrews 6:4. 
"Belief cometh from hearing, and hearing by the word 
of Christ." It is the facts of the Gospel, more particularly 
the facts centering in the redeeming acts of Christ, that 
one must hear in order to believe. To put it in a word, 
we are enlightened as to all the saving facts of the gos- 
pel by the preaching of the word of Christ. 

There is also a divine side, even, to the enlightenment 
of the soul. Here again we meet with the ravages of sin. 
Only God can overcome here by the word of the blessed 
Spirit. The mind of man, we read, is darkened in its 
understanding and alienated from God. Ephesians 4:1S. 
The cross is foolishness to the natural mind. The mind 
of the flesh will not submit to the will of God. See Ro- 
mans 8:9; I Cor. 1:20-25; 2:14. The Spirit intervenes and 
interperts the word of Christ to the hearer. Thus souls 
are enlightened by the hearing of the word of God. 

You do not make a church of Christ by putting His 
name upon it, but by putting His Spirit into it. 

Never tolerate through sympathy with yourself or 
others any practice that is not in sympathy with a Holy 



Missionary Page 

(Continued from page 8) 

reported, while $203,949.22 was disbm-sed through the 
Committee on Relief and Reconstruction Services of the 
Division of Foreign Missions of the National Council of 
Churches. Other agencies made additional disbursements. 

Mr. Sibley said that expenditures in 1952 for relief and 
reconstruction, a large portion of which will be obtained 
through the nation-wide "One Great Hour of Shaiing" 
united appeal in Protestant churches, are expected to sur- 
pass those of 1951. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

discussion was had concerning the feasibility of convert- 
ing the church heating plant to fuel oil, at the recent 
meeting of the Official Board. Also discussion was made 
concerning the cleaning out of the well back of the par- 
sonage in order that it may be used in case of another 
drought this summer; the laying of tile in the church 
vestibule, and the repairing and painting of the church 
windows. The communion date was set for Palm Sunday 
evening. Also tentative plans were made for the holding 
of two weeks of evangelism during the coming fall. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The Miami Valley Brethren Youth 
Rally was held in our Dayton Church on Sunday after- 
noon and evening, March 9th. The meeting began at 
3:00 o'clock, with time off for luncheon at meal time, 
and this was followed by the evening service from 7:00 
to 8:00, with President Glenn L. Clayton as the guest 

We note that Brother J. Ray Klingensmith, associate 
pastor of the Dayton Hillcrest Church, was the guest 
speaker at the Union Service on the World Day of 
Prayer at Gratis, Ohio. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother J. T. Byler says that 
about forty were in attendance at the service conducted 
by the young people on Sunday evening, February 24th. 

A new mimeograph stand was recently presented to 
the church by Duane Hoops and Harry Landis. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. .Brother Meyer announces 
tentative plans for services during Holy Week, which 
are to be conducted each night from Palm Sunday to 
Easter, with Brother J. R. Klingensmith as the guest 

Hrother Wayne Swihart who is Principal of the Ross 
Elementary School at Gary, Indiana, and pastor of the 
Tiosa, Indiana, Brethren Church, has also been acting as 
supply pastor on alternate Sundays at our Mexico, In- 
diana, Church. The Mexico church has been without a 
regular pastor since last fall. 

PERU, INDIANA. Brother Bowman, Peru pastor, ex- 
changed pulpits with the Peru Church of the Brethren 
pastor, Rev. F. M. Hollenberg, on Sunday i March 9th. 

The Southern Indiana Sisterhood Rally was held at 
time the Mission Study Book, "Under a Thatched Roof 
in a Brazilian Jungle," was reviewed. 

Brother Bowman reports that his father, Dr. I. D. Bow- 
man, celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday, March 7th. 
A belated "birthday card" wouldn't do a bit of harm. He 
can be addressed at Howe, Indiana. 

FLORA, INDIANA. Brother C. A. Stewart writes that 
there were forty-four men and boys at their Father and 
Son Banquet which was held on Monday evening, March 
3rd. The banquet was sponsored by the Laymen's Organ- 

Brother Stewart reports that there is a great deal of 
sickness among the residents of the Brethren's Home. The 
"flu" bug seems to have struck a sudden blow. We trust 
that by this time all are well on the road to recovery. 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Brother Bright Hanna an- 
nounces that plans are being made for an evangelistic 
meeting at the Oakville Church, with the dates being 
April 14th to 27th. Brother L. V. King, of Elkhart, In- 
diana, a former Oakville pastor, will be the evangelist, 
and Brother Bud Hunter, of North Manchester will be 
the song leader. 

The Oakville Church is joining with the other churches 
of the Township in a week of pre-Easter services, with 
the meetings being held in the Cowan Christian Church, 
and the pastors of the Various churches bringing the 
messages. An Easter Drama, "The Resurrection of Our 
Lord," will close these meetings on Easter Sunday eve- 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. Brother Thomas Shannon 
says, "We made our Goal! (They had asked for 100 in 
attendance.) This was possible because of the combined 
efforts of all. Everyone, I am sure, enjoyed the rich fel- 
lowship made possible by a 'multitude' of hearts uniting 
together in the spirit of worship. We had 108 present. 
We ought to set a goal of 100 for EACH Sunday morn- 

The World Day of Prayer was observed in a union ef- 
fort on February 29th, with the service being held in 
the Methodist Church and the message being brought by 
Brother Shannon. It is reported that while the crowd 
was not large, a fine spirit of fellowship prevailed. 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Brother Grisso writes us, say- 
ing, "Everything is going along in a wonderful way." 
He says that two people secured their letters from 
Churches of the Brethren from distant cities, and are 
uniting with our church. 

The Laymen are getting down to the business of re- 
newing fellowship after having "sort of let down" after 
the dedication of the church. But they are "finding work 
to do," and propose to continue to do so. They also be- 
lieve that "many hands make the work lighter." 

If you will God your right to yourself, He will make a 
holy experiment out of you. 

Kind words are short to speak but their echoes are end- 

There isn't any map of the road to success; you have 
to find your own way. 

MARCH 22, 1952 

page f;le\ 

Topic for March 30, 1952 


Hebrews 1:14; I Corinthians 4:9 

being- in a long, flowing robe, possessing wings, and 
a sweet, innocent face. This is but man's conception. 
Angels are "ministering spirits" who seek to do the will 
of God. Their origin, purpose and work is for our con- 
sideration tonight. Angels serve a vital part in our 
Christian welfare today. There are good angels and bad 
angels, each seeking to bring to pass the purposes of 
their respective masters. Let us heed the lessons of the 
2vening so that we might have a clearer insight about 

has created all things, and thus angels are created by 
3od. They are created a higher form of being than man. 
We are told in the scriptures concerning man being cre- 
ated a little lower than the angels. Our text tells us to- 
night the purpose of their creation. That is, to be minis- 
tering spirits to men. We head much about the guardian 
angels. Certainly when we read in Matthew 18:10 that 
;he angels of children are always looking upon God's face, 
and that Lazarus was carried to Abraham's bosom by the 
angels, we have sufficient evidence to prove their ex- 

2. GOOD AND BAD ANGELS. When first created, all 
angels were good. We are told of the fall of angels (2 
Peter 2:4). We are also told (Jude 6) that there is no 
lope of redemption for them, but that they are reserved 
n everlasting chains until the time of the judgment. The 
:ause of their downfall was undoubtedly their pride and 
lisobedience. This God could not tolerate, and thus when 
:hey revolted, God had to punish them. The fall of angels 
is in line with the fall of Lucifer, the Devil. Thus we 
lave the expression the Devil and his angels. Their work 
among men in encouraging evil is seen on every hand 
:oday. Otherwise normal people become fiends when they 
become possessed of evil spirits, thus hindering God's 
work in the Church. The good angels guide the saints 
nto the paths of righteousness, into soul winning, and 
?uard them in death. (Acts 8:26; 10:3; Luke 16:22; 
Vlatt. 24:31.) 

,o general belief, we shall never become angels. The com- 
mon idea of heaven is that we shall wear wings and play 
harps as angels. There is no scripture to back this up. 
ihere are angels in heaven, a created group unnumbered, 
rhere are also the righteous dead. But the righteous dead 
are not the angels. We shall never become angels, but 
shall be glorified and perfected human beings. (Heb. 12: 
22, 23.) Angels rejoice when a soul comes to Christ, but 

tin' ohc'lir-nt angels, noi having revolted, can nevei know 
the joy of salvation; yet, because God i pi hen 

a soul repents from sin, the angels sing. Angels hi 

played an important part in the history of God') deal- 
ings with men. Let us be thankful to God for them, for 
they are a big help to us. 

Lord, Use Me! 

Howard Joy 

Lord, use me to save some soul 
Along life's narrow way; 
Help me to live my life aright 

And in Thy will to stay. 

Lord, use me to do my part 
Whate'er the task may be; 
The need of others I might grasp, 
And say, "Dear Lord, use me!" 

Lord, use me and all I own, 
My talents and my gold; 
All to Thee I freely give 
As your blessings unfold. 

Lord, use me to speak Thy praise, 
And not to criticize. 
I often judge without much thought, 
Lord, help me to realize. 

Lord, use me to teach Thy truth 
And never from it stray; 
Keep my heart in tune with Thee, 
That others may find the way. 

Lord, use me to glorify 
Your name where'er I go; 
And always keep my mind aware 
That we reap whate'er we sow. 

-Firestone Park Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. 

A Prayer For Lent 

Lord, make me kind! 

The world is full enough of needless tears 

And hungry hearts are full enough of nameless fears. 

To these no vision of Thy humanness appears. 

Lord, make me kind! 

Lord, make me think! 

For thoughtlessness has caused so much of needless woe. 

For thoughtless words of mine may grow and grow 

Until, like torrents mad, no thing can stay their flow. 

Lord, make me think! 

Lord, make me love! 

And place love's sign upon the face of me 

That loveless men may pause and turn and s<?e 

A little of that love that comes from Thee. 

Lord, make me love! 

— Author Unknown. 



Boys' Brotherhood Program 

Percy C Miller— Topic Editor 


National Goals Program 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, Chairman 

ATTENTION: All Statisticians! 


TIIS is a different kind of program. You may use this 
as a quiz or any other scheme you may prefer. You 
may want to pick-up sides and have a little contest. It 

is on a subject of which most have a knowledge. We While the following letter has been, sent to each church, 

leave the organization of an evening program to the of- it w m no t be harmful to have the thought stressed again. 

ficers and advisor. Thus this word in the "National Goals Program Column. 

tp^ttq T«i rRTTPTFTTTTi ^ e National Goals Program was authorized and 

adopted by the General Conference of Brethren Churches. 

Who helped the officers find Jesus?— John 18:2-8. Tne General Conference, from year to year, also appoints 

What had Jesus been doing in the garden?— John 18: a &°^s Program Committee, whose function it is to pio- 

1-2, Matt. 26:44-46. mote the Goals Program. 

To whom did the officers take Jesus — John 18:12-13. Fruits of such proomtion are in evidence throughout the 
To whom did Annas send Jesus?— John 18:24. BROTHERHOOD. Increased interest in evangelism and 
What time of day did they lead Jesus to Pilate's judg- personal work; vitalization and motivation of various or- 
ment hall? — John 18:28. ganizations; increase in the percentage of Active Mem- 
Did Pilate find any fault in Jesus— John 18:29-38. bers; the establishing of new churches and increased ef- 
Whom did the Jews choose to set free— John 18:39-40. forts in botn Home and p oreign Missions. 

What five things did Pilate and the soldiers do to Je- „ , „ , „ ., „ ,, ^1,1 

o T 1 7rT« « 'By having a Goals Program the Brethren Church has 

sus? — John 19:1-3. , „ ., , . , . . , .„ . .. 

m , , j.j T ^ it. a T v -, n a definite program which inspires zeal and efiort of ac- 

To what place did Jesus Carry His cross? — John 19: ,.,.?,. . ,, , , ,, 

lfi ..„ comphshing victories m growth and progress — both ma- 

What did Pilate write on Jesus' cross?— John 19:19-20. terial and s P mtuaL 

What did the soldiers do with the clothes of Jesus ? An y program is worthless unless put to work. Periodic 

John 19:23-24. checks are an aid to progress. The National Statistician, 

Who stayed near the cross of Jesus? — John .19:25. R ev. William S. Crick, sends 'Goals Statistical Blanks, along 

What two men buried Jesus? — John 19:38-42. with his regular statistical blanks, so that every local 

What is the wages of sin? — Rom. 6:23. church may report its standing as outlined by the Na- 

What is the only thing that can cleanse us from sin? tional Goals Program. 

— I John 1:7. Local church clerks or statisticians are requested to 

Who came the first day of the week to the sepulchre note the value of each separate item of the several Goals, 

(grave of Jesus) . Luke 24:10. Rate the church on each item, according to how nearly 

What did they find. Luke 24:2. ^ ne cn urch has accomplished the value established in the 

Did the women tell the apostles what they had seen program . For example: Many items have a value of three 

and heard. Luke 24:9-10. points attributed. If your church has fully accomplished 

Which disciple arose and ran to the sepulchre to see the item mark in tbe column provided the number "3"— 

if it was true what the women had told him?-Luke if nl one . third is accomp ii s hed, then mark in the col- 
04-11 19 

umn the number "1," etc. 
On the same day that the sepulchre of Jesus was 

found empty, did Jesus meet with his disciples where K ^ desired that 100% of the Brethren Churches will 

they were assembled''— John 20-19 respond in sending in the Goals Statistical Report along 

Jesus showed' to his disciples his. .'. . . .and his with the re ^ lar statistical report. Be sure that the name 

Then were the disciples when they saw Jesus of your church is placed on the blank so that it will re- 

CJohn 20-20) ceive proper identification. 

Which disciple was not with them when Jesus came The year 1957-1958 will be the BRETHREN CHURCH 
on the first evening?— John 20:24. JUBILEE YEAR. At the JUBILEE YEAR GENERAL 
What did this missing disciple want to do before he CONFERENCE we wish to be ready to launch an en- 
would believe that Jesus was risen? — John 20:25. larged and more Vitalizing and Motivating program than 
When Jesus came to his disciples again after eight has ever yet been launched by THE BRETHREN 
days, was Thomas with them ?— John 20:26. CHURCH. 

Jesus said to Thomas, "Reach hither thy and Be free to send a j ong with your reports , a ny sugges- 

behold my; reach hither thy and tlons for the good of the Brethren church which you 

thrust it in my ....... and be not but " deem worth while 

John 20:27. ^ e near tj]y thank you for a fine spirit of cooperation. 

Thomas answered and said to Jesus, " " 


— Berlin, Penna. >By J. G. Dodds, Chairman. 
















MARCH 22, 1952 


[Prayer meeting 

jBy (?. 1. ^ilmer 


"A com of wheat" I hold within my hand; 
Bare grain it is — a hard, uncomely thing; 
I let it fall into the ground and die, 

And lo! therefrom I see new life upspring; 

A shoot; a blade; then, ears of ripened corn! 

What fruitage from that one small seed is born! 

Which thing a parable to me becomes^ — 

Myself, a seed — will but a seed remain 
Till I consent, as did my Lord, to die 

And so bring forth rich yield of golden grain. 
He taught me this, by parable and cross: 
My life to gain, of life to suffer loss. 

— T. 0. Chisholm. 

John 3:1, 2 

NICODEMUS, a Jewish teacher, here gives his impres- 
sion of Jesus as a teacher. But He is more than a 
prophet and "a great teacher." He is the divine Teacher. 
Others said, "Thus saith the Lord," but He always pref- 
aced His teaching with "Verily, verily, I say unto thee." 
He quoted no other. Others explained the law, but He 
was the lawgiver (Matt. 5:27-45). The Teacher is none 
other than God manifest in the flesh and therefore the 
divine Teacher Who taught with authority (Matt. 5:27). 

He taught with amazing wisdom (Matt. 13:54) in par- 
ables of the mysteries of the kingdom. To Nicodemus He 
said, "We speak that we do know." His knowledge was 
that of the Son of God. Even as a child He had super- 
natural wisdom (Luke 2:46, 47). He spoke of spiritual 
realities never experienced by mortal man because he had 
come down from Heaven (John 3:12, 13\ When He spoke 
of our future with Him He spoke with perfect assur- 
ance and absolute conviction (John 14:1, 2). 

The very doctrines that Modernism most strenuously de- 
nies Christ seemed most to emphasize. He was by no 
means silent upon the fundamental doctrine of His deity 
(John 5:17, 18; 10:30-33). He was not silent on the doc- 
trine of His virgin birth (Matt. 22:41-46). In the same 
passage, verses 43 and 44, He taught the inspiration of 
the Scriptures. He taught that His death on the cross was 
a substitutionary atonement for sin (John 3:14-18). He 
taught that He would have a physical resurrection (John 
2:19-22). He taught that He would have a literal, physical, 
bodily second coming to this earth again (Matt. 24:3, 27, 
30, 31, 37^39; 26:64; John 14:3). More than any other 
He taught of future punishment (Matt. 5:29; 8:11, 12; 
18:8, 9; Luke .16:23-24). 

If any doubh that Christ actually taught these doctrines, 
let them read John 7:14-17 and 2 John 9. 

Jewish rabbis accord ChriKt a place with Moses and th<: 
prophets and urge their constituents to thus honor Him. 
But He was the fulfillment of the law and the pi 
When Peter on the mount of transfiguration •.•.anted to 
build booths for Moses, representative of the law, and 
'Elijah, representative of the prophets, and for Chris'., God 
intervened and said, Hear My Son (Matt. 17:8-5)! The 
Son is the final Word from Heaven (Heb. 1:1, 2>. If th<- 
so-called broadminded are willing to concede Him to be 
"a great teacher," they should be willing to heed what 
He taught! Those who put Him to the test shall know 
(John 7:17). They will not walk in darkness as they did 
in following their own way (John 8:12,1. The law was our 
school master to bring us to Christ. After faith we are no 
longer under a school master, but under Christ Who is 
everything we need before God (Gal. 3:24, 25;. Read Acts 

Qowvnents on the Lesson bj the Cciitov 

Lesson for March 30, 1952 


Lesson: Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1-2; 16:6-10. Colossians 4:14 

FAR TOO OFTEN we fail to realize how much the 
physician, Luke, author of "The Gospel According to 
Luke" and "The Acts of Apostles," means to the Church. 
But without these two very important books of the Bible 
the church and, indeed, the entire world, would be de- 
prived of both theological and historical materials which 
would make our understanding of God's Word infinitely 
poorer than it is. Is it any wonder that Paul called him. 
"Luke, the beloved physician," when he writes to the 
Colossians as recorded in our lesson? 

Paul and Luke must have been very close companions, 
for they traveled together in a missionary journey and 
Luke must have had a definite part in the work. For we 
read in his writings that he included himself in the "we" 
Then certain things were recorded, linking him definitely 
with the missionary work. 

Now, first of all, Luke was not a Jew. at least he was 
not born one. He was a Gentile, his name Lucius, indicat- 
ing such. But he became a Christian, and one who was 
so thoroughly converted that he felt that he owed it to 
his Master to write down the evidences of the authen- 
ticity of those claims which Jesus had made while He 
was here on this earth and to follow this evidence with 
incidents in the spread of the Gospel. 

Therefore he set about his task not only with assur- 
ance, but also with the leading of the Holy Spirit Him- 
self. He first chooses to turn to the examination of the 
"facts" concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God. whom 
he was now serving. He has a friend, Theophilus by name, 
who, no doubt, had been questioning Luke concerning his 
beliefs. So Luke, like any good historian, besrins to se: 



down, or as he says, "sets forth in order, a declaration of 
those things which are most surely believed among us." 
He seems to include himself as an "eye witness" of the 
things "from the beginning." and states that since many 
others have also written down "these things," he likewise 
has decided to do the same thing. 

His purpose was evidently an individual one, and prob- 
ably what we now call "The Gospel According to Luke," 
could as well be called a personal letter to a very dear 
friend, the salvation of whose soul he had in mind. He 
probably had little idea that what he was writing down 
So diligently and carefully would become an integral part 
of God's Holy Word. 

But the thing we are most interested in, in this lesson, 
is that what he wrote down, he was sure of, and that 
he wrote with authority. He surely was writing to one 
who was highly intelligent and had a high place, for he 
calls him Most Excellent Theophilus. Therefore Theoph- 
ilus would examine the writing carefully to "know the 
certainty of those things in which he had been instructed." 
Consequently we are sure that what Luke wrote was 
built on the sure foundation of truth. 

Let us also recall that Luke wrote to Theopihlus a sec- 
ond time. This letter is our "Acts of Apostles," (some 
of them— not all of them) — a history of the early church 
in the making, written by one who was a part of it. That 
Luke wrote this second letter to Theophilus assures us 
that he had nothing to retract which he had written in 
his first letter to him. It was simply the offering of 
more proof of the authenticity of the entire story. 

Not only did Luke do a great service to the Lord by 
writing down these facts for those of future years, but 
he, himself, became a living example of what a Chris- 
tian is expected to do. He became a missionary to bear 
the "good news" to men. He was the first medical mis- 
sionary. What an example is he of a genuinely converted 
man, and how much he has left of himself to us! 

Uhe College Chapel Diary 
As Observed by The Editor 

Not too much to report in the progress of the finish- 
ing of the Chapel, but enough to "make the column." The 
pews are being assembled and will soon be in place in 
the main auditorium. The room in the south part of the 
building, known as "The Prayer Room," has been finished 
and presents a fine and quieting appearance. The drink- 
ing fountain in the front vestibule has been set in place, 
under the east balcony stairway. The basement has been 
in use during the week of "Christian Emphasis" which 
was conducted by the college, and the bell in the Chapel 
Tower has announced the "call to assembling" of the 
students for their regular Chapel meetings at 9:50 each 
morning since Friday, March 7th. The bell has a sweet 
tone, not at all annoying to those even in such close 
proximity as we are, being just across the street. It will 
be recalled that the bell was placed in the Tower through 
the efforts of the A. B. Furry family of Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania. It was brought from one of our Pennsylvania 

We feel that it will not be many more weeks until 

we will be able to put the type back in the case which 
has stood at the head of this column since we began to 
keep the weekly record of the progress of the Chapel. For 
we feel in all confidence that the words, "The College 
Chapel Diary — As observed by the Editor," can have the 
word "Finis," written at the close of the column in the 
not too distant future. It is hoped that by General Con- 
ference time in August that same word "Finis," can be 
written to the little matter of financial obligations on 
the Chapel and that the dream of the ladies of the Wom- 
an's Missionary Societies, with the helpful assistance of 
the Laymen's Organization, of a "Debt Free Chapel by 
Conference Time in August," may become a reality and 
that this may form the basis of a wonderful rejoicing 
for us all. How about it? Are you doing your part in 
helping to reach this goal ? 



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The Central Districb Spring Camp is just around the 
corner, with the dates of March 21, 22 and 23. We are 
looking forward to a good time in the Lord. 

On Thursday evening, March 13th we scheduled the 
showing of the picture, "The Streets of Lost Hope." On 
March 30th our revival starts with Brother Cecil H.i 
Johnson as our evangelist. On April 14th, at the close of 
the revival, we will observe the ordinance of the Love 
Feast and Holy Communion. We desire to invite any one; 
who so desires to worship with us at that time. 

In May we will have a Daily Vacation Bible Schoolj 
and later on we are looking forward to having the "Am-l 
bassadors" with, us for a week of services. 

Each month we have "Family Night." Our Young Peo-! 
pie are active usually with two services each week. The 
attendance is becoming more regular and is slowly but 
surely advancing. Praise the Lord! 

Wilbur L. Thomas, pastor. 


The Indiana District Sunday School Board was sched« 
uled to meet at Plymouth, Indiana, on Monday, March 
10th, for the purpose of making further plans for the 
usual Summer Camp and their dates, to be held at Camp 
Shipshewana. The tentative dates of the camps are as 

High School June 29-July 6 

Intermediate July 6-July 13 

Juniors (So. Ind. & Ohio) July 13-July 20 

Juniors (Northern Indiana) July 20-July 26 

The Indiana Sunday School Board personnel is now 
made up as follows: Wayne Swihart, 251 W. Jefferson 
Street, Valparaiso, Chairman; Woodrow Immel, New Paris, 
Secretary; Austin Gable, Rural Route 5, Peru, Treasurer. 

MARCH 22, 1952 

pagf hfteen 


Neius From Our Mission Points 


Just a few lines about our work here in Cheyenne. 

Our Missionary Society is doing very well. We are 
very happy about the fact that they continue to grow 
in numbers, but better still is the fact that they are grow- 
ing spiritually and in grace. In other words they do not 
form a "gossip party" when they meet; it is a place 
where hungry souls may be fed and a place where God's 
name is glorified. 

We also have a very much alive Laymen's Organiza- 
tion, which is also very spiritual, having a devotional 
period as well as the business session on the first Fri- 
day evening of each month. They also have a social pe- 
riod at each meeting. Just now they have four projects 
which they plan to complete this summer. The first will 
be the communion tables; second, song book racks on 
the backs of the seats; third, interior decoration of the 
church; and fourth, another coat of tar on the roof of 
the church. 

The Missionary Society also has some plans, namely, 
new table cloths and cover for the communion tables; also 
the serving of an Easter breakfast which has become so 
popular with our group. Last year seventy attended and 
some that came for the first time are still attending 
church services regularly each Sunday. 

Our Sunday School has enjoyed a steady increase for 
some time and now that the weather conditions bid fair 
improve, w^e may look for added interest. One thing which 
has added greatly to the enjoyment of the hour is the 
illustrative story period conducted by the Superintendent's 
wife, Mrs. Florence White. The illustrations are strictly 
spiritual and convicting. 

Our prayer meetings have always been very spiritual 
and uplifting and our group is very sincere and expect- 
ing as to prayer, having experienced the answering of 
prayer in many, many instances. 

Yes, we also have a growing Youth Crusader Organ- 
ization, which of late seems to be gaining ground. 

You say, "Well, how is the church at large doing?" 
Well — it's this way! With the well organized, efficient, 
wide-awake auxiliaries above mentioned, it is hardly worth 
while to say that the church is "growing," for it just 
could not keep from making progress. Our membership 
continues to grow and the Sunday attendance is very 
commendable, considering the amount of sickness and the 
bad weather we have experienced this past winter. 

Yes, we want you to continue faithful in prayer for 
the work here. 

Frank W. Garber, pastor. 

YODER. Clarence Yoder, formerly of Morrill, Kansas, 
son of the late Rev. and Mrs. E. L. Yoder, died at the 
home of a son in Shattuck, Oklahoma, on February 10, 
1952. Funeral services were held at the Brethren Church 
in Morrill on February 13th with Rev. J. D. Kemper 

Mr. Yoder, who was eighty-three years of age, was one 
of the first students of Ashland College. He also attended 
the University of Nebraska. He is survived by two sons 
— Horace and Homer; one daughter — Mrs. Mary Robinson; 
three sisters — Mrs. Cora Warner, Mrs. Grace Schock and 
Miss Mae Yoder; five brothers — Dr. Charles F., Frank. 
Amos, Blaine and Lester; also ten grandchildren. 

Mrs. George Eisenbise. 

HOWARD. Ei-win Clarence Howard, son of Marion L. 
and Clara P. Howard, was born on a farm near Mulvane, 
Kansas, July 4, 1887, and died suddenly at his home on 
February 20, 1952. On January 26, 1910 he was united 
in marriage to Lulu Bartholomew, to which union one 
daughter and three sons were bom. He united with the 
Brethren Church at an early age and was a faithful at- 
tendant at all services, also a loyal member of the Lay- 
men's Organization. 

Surviving are his wife, the daughter, Mrs. Lela Grieve?: 
three sons, Les, Maurice and Merlin; three sisters, Mis. 
Julia Arnold, Mrs. Jessie Kessinger and Miss Estella 
Howard; three brothers, Fred, John and George; also 
fourteen grandchildren. 

Brother Howard was highly respected in the church and 
community. The Brethren Church, being too small to ac- 
commodate the large attendance, the funeral services was 
conducted by the undersigned, his pastor, in the Meth- 
odist Church, assisted by Rev. Good, pastor of that church. 
Interment in the Mulvane Cemetery. 

J. F. Burton. 

JOHNSTSON. John W. Johnston passed away at his 
home in Burlington, Indiana, on March 4, 1952. Surviving 
are his wife, Ella Ridenour Johnston, one son, Russell, 
and a daughter, Bernice. A member of the Cloverdale 
Methodist Church for seventy years, he had attended the 
Burlington Brethren Church for the past twenty-five 
years. Funeral services by the undersigned, former pas- 
tor of the Burlington Church. 

Wavne E. Swihart. 

He that brings sunshine into the lives of others car.:.:: 
keep it from himself. 

Our unchanging God meets unchanging facts with un- 
changing conduct, and each closing dispensation is a 
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Items of general Interest 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Ankrum says that 
their Building Fund now stands at $193.59. 

GATEWOOD, WEST VA- We note that the Brethren 
Youth Crusaders recently elected new officers. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA., THIRD. The Third Church is 
observing "Loyalty Month" in March and we note that 
they have a fine start. March 2nd — morning attendance 
99; evening 52. March 9th — morning 115; evening 73. 

The Brethren Youth held their Public Service on March 
3rd, with Brother Robert Bischof as their guest speaker. 

Brother Baer says that their Father and Son Banquet 
was a success with an attendance of 81 men and boys. 

The menu consisted of turkey and "all the trimmings." 
Oscar Hampton served as Toastmaster, with Rev, R. G. 
Sander as the guest speaker. 

The Third church will hold the Spring Communion on 
Thursday evening, April 10th. 

UNIONTOWN, PENNA. Pre-Easter services are being 
planned for April 1st to 6th. The Communion will be ob- 
served on Sunday evening, April 6th. 

The Penna. District Sunday School Institute was held 
at the Uniontown Church on Sunday evening, March 23rd, 
and was in charge of the District Sunday School Board, 
which met also on Saturday evening. The group was 
scheduled for the Sunday morning service at the High- 
land Church. Brother Mills is a member of this Board. 

MEYERSDALE, PENNA. Brother Benshoff announces 
Brother Charles Munson as the guest speaker at both 
morning and evening services on Palm Sunday. 

Miss Hazel Scell was winner of the bronze medal at the 

W. C. T. U. Bible speech contest recently. Miss Scell is 
the foster daughter of the Benshoffs. 

BERLIN, PENNA. .Brother Miller announces Pre-Eas- 
ter services during Holy Week, with their Spring Com- 
munion being observed on Easter Sunday evening. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNA. We are sorry to announce 
that Brother N. V. Leatherman, Waynesboro pastor, suf- 
fei-ed a sevex-e heart attack recently and at last report 
was still in the hospital. Join with us in earnest prayer 
for his speedy recovery. 

CAMERON-QUIET DELL, W. VA. Brother Robert 
Holsinger reports that eleven from the Cameron Church 
attended the Brethren Youth Rally which was held re- 
cently at the Johnstown Third Church. They went in 
spite of the tremendous snow storm, traveling about 135 
miles each way. 

Both of the churches of the circuit had "Showers" for 
the newly married pastor, as did also the Cameron Com- 

The Cameron Church is participating in the Union pre- 
Easter services. The guest speaker will be Edgar DeWitt 
Jones of Detroit. 

The joint communion of the Cameron and Quiet Dell 
Churches will be held on Thursday evening, April 10th. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. It seems the old "flu" bug 
has been at work here with a vengeance. In a series of 
bulletins just received, we find activity announcements 
made one week only to be canceled in the next bulletin 
because of sickness. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The-Three-Sunday-Missionary Insti- 
tute which is being sponsored by the W. M. S., got off to 
a wonderful start on Sunday evening, March 16th. There 
were 104 present in the four classes, and a fine audience 
to hear Brother E. M. iddle, the first guest speaker. 

GRATIS, OHIO, Brother Crick is quite elated over the 
fact that the Gratis Youth "brought the banner back" 
from the Miami Valley Brethren Youth Rally which was 
held recently in Dayton, having 43 in attendance out of 
the total number of 167 present. Virgil L. Barnhart and 
Miss Janet Kiracofe are the Gratis Youth Leaders. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. We note that Brother John 
Byler is holding a revival meeting 1 for Brother Floyd Si- 
bert at Pleasant Hill, Ohio. The meeting began on Mon- 
day evening, March 24th and will continue through April 

HUNTINGTON, INDIANA. .Brother Gilmer drops us a 
note and says, "Huntington had a good day on March 
16th, with 118 in Sun-day School and 114 in the morning 
worship service. A man and wife applied for baptism and 
church membership." 

COLLEGE CORNER, INDIANA. Brother Minegar says 
that their Fellowship Supper which was held on Wednes- 
day evening, March 12th, was well attended and an enjoy- 
able time was had by all. 

The W. M. S. Public Service was held at the evening 
worship hour on Sunday, March 16th. Mrs. Minegar 
brought the message. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. The Laymen held their Public 
Service at the morning worship hour on Sunday, March 
23rd. Mr. J P H. Peet, Cedar Falls Public School Superin- 
tendent, was scheduled as the geust speaker. 

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(A sermon) 

AFTER OUR LORD had completed the work of re- 
demption by His death .upon the Cross. He arose vic- 
torious from the grave, and to those who through faith 
in Him should become members of His body He became 
the Prince of Life. 

There are many historical events in the world that 
were not attended by one-tenth as many witnesses as 
was the Resurrection of Jesus. The bii'th of pi-inces, the 
signing of treaties, deeds of assassins, are examples. 
Some of these events men receive upon testimony and 
accept without question, when they have so few witnesses 
compared with the Resurrection of our Lord. Therefore, 
Christian friends, we need not wait to apologize to any- 
one before declaring that we believe "Jesus is risen" in- 
deed. He was seen by several hundred eye witnesses. 

During the forty days after, He appeared to different 
men under various circumstances. He ate, walked and 
talked with people. If you deny the Resurrection, then 
account for the fact that some of Christ's enemies became 
charter members of His church in Jerusalem on the Day 
of Pentecost. 

There have always been the skeptics and doubters, 
but the record reveals many credible witnesses. The tes- 
timony of the apostles provides for us arguments, and 
there are eight considerations which give the evidence 
sufficient weight. The nature and number of witnesses 
are interesting. They were not men of power, riches, elo- 
quence, credit to impose upon the world. They bore their 
testimony, not to far away places, but at Jerusalem, at 
synagogues, in the praetorium, and that testimony was 
within three days. The principal points which can be 
found in the New Testament related to this subject are 
these : 

First, the raising of the dead is everywhere ascribed 
to Christ and is repreesnted as the last work to be under- 
taken by Him for the salvation of men. 

Second, all the dead will be raised. 

Third, the manner in which this marvelous change shall 
be accomplished is necessarily beyond our comprehen- 

Fourth, the possibility of the Resurrection is powerfully 
presented by Paul in his writings. 

In this Resurrection did the Lord Jesus actually come 
forth bodily from the dead? Yes- — otherwise there was no 
Resurrection at all. Our Lord predicted His bodily Res- 
urrection in John's gospel — 2:18-22. Consider His words 
there; they are either true or false. Let us make no mis- 

take in supposing the Resurrection of Jesus ie unim- 
portant. It is a vital part of our faith, and without it 
there is no faith worth mentioning. Study Paul's match- 
less discourse on the Resurrection in the first Corinthian 
letter, the fifteenth chapter. Also John's gospel, chapter 
twenty. All this shows that a miracle had taken placf-. 
When those who were early at the tomb saw it, they be- 

Jesus did not die in vain. He died and rose again that 
first Easter, that we might live and not die. God, thr- 
Father approved it and still does. He proved His ability 
to be powerful enough with God and with death to save 
us. Such a fact can not help awakening a marvelous hope 
in the hearts of believers and being a warning to the in- 

All of this brings joy and sure hope. "I am He that 
liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for ever- 
more" (Rev. 1:18). He became the "first fruits" of them 
who slept. He lives. Because He arose and lives, we be- 
lieve, we too shall live. Let the message of Hope be told 
and retold until hope rises to conviction: until we have 
an assured faith, with a serene and shining face. 

The doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ affords us 
a variety of hopeful and useful instruction. Here is evi- 
dence of divine power; prophecy accomplished; the char- 
acter of Jesus established; His work finished; and a fu- 
ture life proven. It is a ground of faith, the basis of hope. 
a source of consolation, a stimulus to obedience. — E. M. 



It's Our B 


THE GREAT COMMISSION is still unfinished busi- 
ness. It is still our business if we call ourselves dis- 
ciples. Of course there are churches that might well take 
the words of the man in the parable as their motto. 
"My children are in bed with me; don't trouble me." 
But a church that is Christian cannot disregard the Great 
Commission- To begin with we are all the results of mis- 
sionary activity. Our homes, our churches, ourselves owe 
much to missions. Somebody taught our heathen ancestors 
about Him who came from Heaven's glory to our world. 
God's only Son was a Missionary. 

There is a story that He told about a man who received 
his education too late. The man's name was Dives and 
he received his education in Hell, a very undesirable in- 
stitution of learning! One of the things Dives learned in 
that region of eternal torment was that there cotmes a 
time when it is too late to do anything for other people. 

The philosophy of a decadent church is summed up in 
the attitude of the Jewish leaders to Jesus as He was' 
suffering on the cross. They taunted Him with a jibe 
about saving Himself since He had saved others. Like 
Jonah, these leaders were content to see all destroyed. 
Christianity was exactly the opposite of Judaism. From 
its beginning it was Missionary. It went out to tell the 
news. They declared, "Jesus is Lord," through fire and 
sword and lions were their lot. They kept on. Then the 
church grew. Those were the days when the church for- 
got all about saving itself and went out to save the world 
by giving it the gospel of Him who died and rose again,. 

When protection came the way of the church under 
Constantine, who reversed the tide of persecution and 
made it honorable and official to be a Christian, then 
the church declined. While it built great towering cathe- 
drals and Michelangelo carved and sculptured saints ga- 
lore and painted murals of great magnitude . . . while 
kings came to kiss the papal foot and forty-course din- 
ners were served in the Vatican, the church forgot its 
real business. Outside the rich culture of papal Rome the 
world reeked in squalor, dirt, ignorance and misery. 

Sacrifice is the law of life. It wasn't selfishness that 
built our churches, hospitals and colleges. He who suf- 
fered to save us calls us, if we, are His friends, to sacri- 
fice. Selfishness and Christianity are opposites. The ro- 
mantic story of missions is a story of sacrifice. 

John F. Locke 

Now there are great Missionary opportunities before 
us as Brethren* In South America there are enormous un- 
touched territories. There are areas needing missions 
larger than the whole U. S. We ought to work in South 
America for our own protection, but there is a bigger 
and better reason than that: Because we are Christians. 

Here in the U. S. we have more than fifty million upon 
which to work. There are churchless towns. Large for- 
eign-born groups are neglected. In the big cities and in 
the rural districts missionary opportunities are staring 
us in the face. It is our business. 

China has areas larger than Iowa without a single doc- 
tor or missionary. Schools and hospitals which have been 
destroyed by war must be built again. 

In Japan the Emperor has abdicated as a god. But the 
question rightly arises, "Abdicated to what?" Christian 
missions Would be welcomed in Japan right now. For the 
future they hold the key. 

In Africa there are areas unoccupied by missions ag- 
gregating more than the whole U. S. India is one great 
welter of superstition, unrest, idolatry and suffering. 

What do we have to offer the world ? We should have i 
apostolic enthusiasm. We claim to have the whole Bible, 
the doctrine and teaching of the New Testament- — a 
church where a real fellowship exists around the only 
reasonable faith. We can through our cooperation with 
the Church of the Brethren send missionaries to all of 
these lands. 

Therefore, we ought to pray for workers to be thrust 
forth into these ripe hardest fields. We all need to pray 
that some may go. We all need to give that some may 
give their lives in service representing us,. 

The opportunity carries a warning! The church that is 
satisfied just to enjoy itself and not to sacrifice will dry 
up and be blown away by some wind of doctrine or other 
catastrophe. The church that is missionary lives and 
grows. The one that is not, shrivels and dies. 

This is our business. We dare not neglect it or we will 
be out of business! 

— Reprinted from Evangelist Feb. 16, 1946. 

Is Foreign Missions 


MARCH 29, 1952 




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Robert Byler 

Jane Byler 

IT IS A PLEASURE to set about making a brief report 
to the Brethren in the homeland concerning work and 
progress of your Brethren Missions here in Argentina. 
We consider it a privilege to write to you chiefly be- 
;ause we realize that wherein we are deficient or lack- 
ng, you will take a prayer interest and it is that which 
s needed more than anything else. We do not fail to 
appreciate the material interest that you have shown and 
will continue to show in the work that is being done in 
;his and other lands. 

The need is tremendous in Argentina and there seem 
;o be so few to carry on this urgent task. But God is 
preparing and calling out a number of those whom He 
is saving. But it is His desire that "... none should 
perish, but that all should come to repentance." And 
' . . . whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord 
?hall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom 
;hey have not believed? and how shall they believe in 
Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they 
lear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, ex- 
cept they be sent?" "So then faith cometh by hearing 
ind hearing by the Word of God." The need of "Distrib- 
uters" of the Word here is great! And many feel that 
time is running out for Evangelical Missionaries to carry 
>n this work here even as it ran out in Colombia. 

While there is still time to plant the seeds of the Gos- 
pel in the hearts and lives of this people, this is clearly 
the time to do it. If it seems evident that the time is 
coming when missionary activity is to be curtailed here, 
the logical conclusion would seem to be to get in as much 
teaching and preaching of the Gospel as time permits, 
rhen if the time comes when missionaries must leave, 
the indigenous church will carry on and under God, do 
the work that the Spirit leads her to do. 

The Junta Consultiva (i. e., the Executive Committee 
pf the Argentine Brethren Church) voted unanimously 
and enthusiastically that three missionary couples at 
least, should be prayed for and sent for from the United 
States to help in the needy work of this country. We sin- 

cerely trust that the Lord will raise up a group of Mis- 
sionaries who will hear and answer this Argentine call. 
The need is for Spirit-filled men and women who are not 
afraid to stand up and preach and teach their Christian 
convictions without fear or favor. God's time is too far 
spent to touch around on trivialities and non-essentials. 
The world is dying to hear what Christian men have to 
give concerning the Word and love of God and His rem- 
edy and pardon from sin and judgment and Hell. Too 
many are the leaders who are liberal with the distribu- 
tion of their ideas and thoughts and theories — the fruits 
of their studies. ,But if any other thing is preached or 
taught than that which leads up to the conversion and 
spiritual edification of man, it is a waste of valuable 
time. We are sure God will hear and answer our prayers 
concerning future workers here in this part of His vine- 

Many of you Brethren have tithed of your income and 
have found blessing and satisfaction in doing so. I be- 
lieve that the Brethren Church could find the same joy 
— probably even greater — if she were to tithe of her pas- 
tors; yes, of her experienced pastors and families. In this 
country we need evangelical Christian families to come 
and successfully demonstrate with not only words, but 
by practical Christian living that the Christian way of 
life does work and is worthwhile. Though the majority 
of the Argentines have never heard of Missouri, they too 
are practical enough to want to be shown. 

As to the work and its advance, we are grateful to see 
definite progress. Almost everywhere we turn, looking 
upon our work, we see progress and the prospering of 
the Lord. It hasn't been many months since the new- 
building in Villa Constitucion was dedicated. And new 
the group happily worships in its beautiful new build- 
ing. Miss Kugler continues to be very busy with her 
growing group in this city. 

From the annual statistical report that the cfiurch in 
Rosario made in conference, we assume that there is fine 
progress there under the capable leadership of Super- 



intendent Zeche. It is true that he has too many duties 
to perform, and how he does as much as he does, many 
of us do not know. Much will not be written here, how- 
ever, since he will probably add to this report. 

In Colon, our young pastor there reports much activ- 
ity and growth — spiritually and numerically. An annex 
has been "mothered" for some time by this group in Colon 
and now they report the building of a small, simple 
chapel in Maria Teresa for this growing little congrega- 
tion. Thanks to your offerings, these things are made 

A simple, but beautiful chapel was dedicated Febru- 
ary 11 for our needy church in Gerli, one of the outskirts 
of Buenos Aires. The hall where they formerly worshipped 
was sold and the congregation was forced to move. A 
member of this church offered his small home for ser- 
vices for a few months until something else was found. 
As a result, the group met weekly in this home for three 
years, and was held together under the able direction of 
Pastor Jose Anton. They now are happily engaged in wor- 
ship services in their new and long-awaited church home. 
On Monday, February 12, eleven people were taken into 
membership by baptism in this congregation. Dr. Yoder 
has been conducting a series of meetings there and also 
at an annex church where the son of Pastor Anton is 
working as a lay-pastor. The latter group had thirteen 
candidates for baptism. Dr. Yoder baptized these and led 
them in their first Lord's Supper. The lay-minister and 
his wife are night students in the Seminary where the 
writer is teaching. They are promising young people who 
are doing a fine work in Bernal, another outskirt of 
Buenos Aires. 

The work in Nunez (a pleasant section of the city of 
Buenos Aires) continues to be a source of joy and labor 
for us. Since ours is listed as a private, rented home, 
public meetings cannot be carried on just as we would 
like. So we invite our neighbors and friends and those 
whom we can interest in our private meetings. We have 
had as many as thirty-five to these house meetings and 
keen interest has been shown. To be sure, this creates 
a crowded situation, but we are thankful for the results. 
Some of our young people are meeting with much contro- 
versy in their Catholic homes, but others of our converts 
are coming regularly and unmolested; as a result, they 
are growing spiritually. A concern which we have for the 
future is the furlough, at which time we will have to 
leave the work that we have begun here. As yet, we do 
not have anyone to take our places during our absence — 
in the school or the church work which has begun here. 
We are praying and are certain that a solution will ap- 

By the time you have read this, Seminary will have 
begun again. March 11 is the opening day of school. 
There will be more students this year than ever before 
according to our director, Mr. Barnes, of the Christian 
Missionary Alliance. One reason for this is that a num- 
ber of Mennonite students will study with us, since two 
of their faculty will be in the United States on furlough. 
From our own churches, there will be fewer students than 
there were last year, for three of these are taking their 
year of practical training which is recommended before 
taking the third and final year of study. 

During our summer months which are coming to an l 
end, the students have opportunity to be working and 
gaining more practical knowledge. Two of them are stu- 
dent pastors in towns where work is just beginning. One 
reports eight baptisms and nice progress. I haven't had 
opportunity to speak with the others. But if they succeed 
in their rather difficult and trying work, it will be a 
good indication as to their vocation, talent and desire to 
serve. Another student is out in colportage work with a 
Bible coach of another denominational group represented 
in the Seminary. In this employ, he is gaining much ex- 
perience in personal work, carrying on open air meetings, 
meeting many people, and sowing the seed. A fourth stu- 
dent was helping the professors of the school in the prep- 
aration of Mimeographed materials for the coming school 
year (for there is a definite lack of text books in the 
Spanish language). He assisted me with some of the work 
on our church paper "El Testigo Fiel" (The Faithful Wit- 

Dr. Yoder is carrying an especially heavy load at pres- 
ent for he was voted in our National Conference in Oc- 
tober to act as our National lEvangelist. In this capacity, 
he has been visiting our churches and giving doctrinal 
teaching and organizational direction. He began this extra 
task in his home congregation of Cordoba in the absence 
of Pastor Andenmatten, who was on rest leave for a cou 
pie of months. Besides all of this the work on his new 
book has not been laid aside. All of this was carried on 
by the elderly Dr. Yoder despite the unwelcome cancer 
that made its appearance on his arm, but as a result of 
much prayer and his well-practiced faith, God has seen 
fit to remove this co-called incurable disease. This has 
proved a fine testimony to our members. The teaching 
of James carries a weightier significance now than it 
previously had. May God continue to. use this servant of 

The Andenmattens are back again in their home and 
work in Cordoba. Sr. Andenmatten has not enjoyed good 
health for some years, but despite this fact, he has car 
ried on with his responsibilities, but not without som« 
difficulty. Pray with us for the complete restoration oi 
his health and the forward march of the work in Cor- 
doba as well as our other places of labor. Dr. Yoder re 
ports that there are new candidates to be baptized there 
soon too. During the month of Camp, services were dis- 
continued in the church of Cordoba and there was fine 
cooperation on the part of most of the members from this 
congregation in the camp program. Dr. Yoder will prob- 
ably report on the activities of which I have not been 
informed as pertains to that place. 

On the part of all of our members here in this coun- 
try, the workers, my wife and family, my sister and me, 
we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you of the 
homeland for your prayer and material support. We are 
not unaware of the fact that the work here would be 
highly improbable, were it not for your keen interest. But 
yet, we are going to ask and pray for more; the need 
for more workers is great. We have faith to believe that 
God through you, our Brethren, is going to honor our 
faith and our prayers by sending more laborers. And be- 
cause we are deficient and lacking, we write you realizing 

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MARCH 29, 1952 


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Dedication of the Chapel in Gerli (Buenos Aires). The 

im that was looked forward to fort quite a long time has 
een accomplished. On February 10 we met with great 
appiness at the front of the new churdh building in 
rerli, where a nice group of people were waiting for the 
oors to be opened for the dedication of a house to wor- 
hip the Lord. Every heart was overflowing with enthu- 
iasm, gratitude and praise to our Beloved God and also 
nth gratitude to all the good friends and Brethren peo- 
le in the U. S. A. who made the building of this church 
ossible. Thanks be to the Lord at all times! 

Among these people, there were delegations from other 
hurches and cities, as the Brethren Church of Cordoba, 
tbsario, Villa Constitucion, Nunez, Victoria, Bigand and 
lugueta, as also from 25 de Mayo, Florencio Varela and 
rom the same city of Buenos Aires and itsi surroundings, 
tepresenting the Confederation of the Evangelical 
Hiurches of South America, we had in our presence Rev- 
rend J. Sabanes, who is from the Methodist Church, 
teverend Sabanes brought the main message of evan- 
;elization. Dr. C. F, Yoder was in charge of the Dedi- 
ation and the Superintendent of the Mission Board in 
Argentina gave a statistical report of the finances for 
he building and also thanked the Brethren people for 
heir cooperation. Reverend Jose Anton expressed, with 
nthusiasm and faith, the importance the building has for 
he congregation and the work of Gerli, because now 
nth a more comfortable place to worship, they can work 
md evangelize that district which was for a long time 
nterrupted because of the small place where they used 
o have their church services. Rev. Byler and Miss June 
Jyler were there too and sang a duet. Brother Benjamin 
lerrera from the Villa Constitucion led us in a word of 
>rayer. At the end of the service, we had refreshments 
or everyone. 

The next day there was a baptismal service for eleven 
roung people from that church. It seemed like a prelude 
>f faith in the future for the Gerli Brethren Church. 
Vfter these two w r onderful days, Dr. C. F. Yoder planned 

to have a study of the .Brethren Doctrines and Reverend 
Anton planned a week of revival meetings. 

Details of the Buildings: 1. The Chapel or Church has 
room for 170 people to be seated and also has enough 
space for people to stand and listen from the outside 
through the large windows at the sides. At the back of 
the chapel there is a large room which can be used foi 
a small library or a "Good Will Cent'-r." It also has a 
nice "patio" or yard for the Sunday School children and 
a place where the young people can have their meetings 
and parties in the summer. On the second floor, the par- 
sonage has been built, which has one bedroom, a study 
room, kitchen and bathroom. There is need for a dining 
room and living room, but since there was not enough 
money, it wasn't possible to finish the parsonage as it 
was supposed to be. The cost of the building was $5,500, 
that is, 96,000 Argentine pesos. The different Brethren 
Churches have planned to use their offerings to finish 
paying the loans that this building still has. We hope 
that the church will always be growing and that we will 
have a nice group of people who can help the Brethren 
Church here more and more in the future. 

2. This church is situated in a very good location 
which makes it possible to have more people from that 
district at the meetings. 

Colon and Maria Teresa. During last winter, the people 
of these two places have been working with canvas to 
make a tent with its equipment. As soon as summer be- 
gan and right after the General Conference in Cordoba, 
Brother P. Espinosia and some young people from Colon 
set the tent in a public place to have an Evangelistic 
Campaign. Usually we take the opportunity to set the 
tent in a place where there is a lot of traffic so that we 
can preach the Gospel to the people who do not like to 
attend Church services. This campaign ended with a nice 
Christmas program for everyone who attended it. May the 
Lord blessi all who accepted Christ as their Saviour. 

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Dr. Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Zeche, Robert Byler 



From there the tent was taken to Maria Teresa. In 
this town the Colon Brethren Church has an annex in 
which they are having an Evangelistic Campaign. The 
people there are also making an effort to get money to 
build a large room were they can continue having their 
meetings. They used to have them twice a month be- 
cause it was so hard to find a house or location to rent. 
It was necessary then to start building this room with 
a donation or offering that Mrs. Nettie Wolfe from Flor- 
ida, U. S. A. has given to the missionary work in Ar- 

In our last meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Brethren Church in Argentina, a new- project has been 
undertaken; that is, that each one of the churches raise 
a fund to help buy the building in Colon, because the 
owner wants to sell it. As this, building is situated in a 
good place, that is, in the center of the city, we don't 
want to lose this opportunity to get it. It will take great 
effort to buy, because the congregation is small and the 
funds of the church are not too plentiful, but we have 
voted to buy it. Probably later on we shall be able to re- 
pair it and make it more convenient for Church services. 
We trust in the Lord, that He will make possible the 
acquisition and also the necessary repairs for this build- 

Missionary work in Victoria, Entre Rios. In this new 
mission field, we have been evangelizing the city contin- 
ually. It is a city of 27,000 inhabitants and there are only 
two mission churches. The missionary work that we are 
doing is very interesting and we get many unusual ex- 
periences out of the work there. The attendance of the 
meetings is pretty good though there is much prejudice 
on account of the superstition and fanaticism of the peo- 

Missionary Work in Bigand, Bombal and Mugueta. 
These towns and some others are being visited by the 
different Brethren ministers or seminarians who take the 
message of salvation to them. During the summer we 
have had revival meetings and also campaigns with the 
tent. Also in the evening we have had out-door meetings 
in which religious slide pictures were shown and Biblical 
messages were preached. Many thousands of tracts and 
portions of the Bible were given to the people so that 
they might know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They 
are very nice little towns and people are interested to 
know more about Jesus. There is need for a preacher or 
missionary who can take care of the missionary work, 
preaching and teaching these people in the Lord's way. 

A long time ago, we set the tent in the town of Bigand, 
and so we visited the different homes, inviting the people 
to come to the meetings. We arrived at a farm where a 
family was from Holland and belonged to the Evangelical 
Reformed Church. One of the sons whose name was 
Thomas and is nineteen years old didn't believe in God. 
When somebody spoke to him about Jesus, he became 
angry and left the house. 

One night he walked past the tent because he wanted 
to make fun and bother the service, but when he walked 
by he saw one of our young people speaking and so he 
decided to behave and hear what was being said. The 
message touched his heart and so he accepted Christ. He 
felt that he would love to serve Him and he consecrated 
his life to the Lord. Now the young man is a Seminary 

student; he works very hard during the summer vacation 
to earn enough money to pay his school expenses so that 
he won't need to ask for half from the Missionary Board. 

Like this boy, there are many who need to be con-^ 
verted so that the Gospel can be spread all over our 
country which is in very great need of the Good News 
of Salvation. 

Villa Constitucion. As you know, the Church here was- 
dedicated some time ago, and though the church and par- 
sonage do not have all the comfort which is needed and 
which we hope to have in the near future, the Lord's work 
is getting along fine and is increasing day by day. Since 
the church has been dedicated they have had quite a few 
revival meetings and then they set the tent .up again so 
they could hold a Daily Vacation Bible School. This was 
followed by special revival meetings in charge of Rev- 
erend Condaro Ihlow, a Baptist minister. We thank the 
Lord for the wonderful results and nice work that has 
been done in this church. 

Cordloba. The work in this place is going forward and 
a great enthusiasm reigns in the church. Though some 
difficulties arise now and then among the other churches, 
the Brethren Church tries to avoid any prejudice and 
works steadily. 

The young people and members showed us a nice time] 
of Christian fellowship while we were there for the Gen- 
eral Conference last October. Dr. C. F. Yoder is taking 
care of the church there while Brother A. Andenmatten 
and his wife are taking a month's vacation in the south- 
ern part of Argentina, because they need rest to recover 
their health. Reverend Robert Byler and Miss June Byler 
took charge of directing the camp in the Sierras de Cor- 
doba and they were helped nicely by many of our Breth 
ren people who attended camp. They said that this last 
camp was one of the best they had ever had. 

Sincerely in Jesus Christ, 

Adolfo Zeche, Rosario, S. Fe. 

Argentina, S. A. 


Miss June Byler 

MARCH 29, 1952 


CI Gampemento (Diquecito 

Miss June Byler 

TO MOST OF THE PEOPLE of Argentina, the word 
Diguecito means a little reservoir in the mountains 
of Cordoba; to others it is a place to pitch a tent for 
an inexpensive summer's vacation; but to a very select 
group, the "juventud" or youth of our Brethren Churches, 
it means summer encampment, a place of physical and 
spiritual refreshment. 

As we set out to reach our; camp, it took us all of an 
hour and a half to reach the outskirts of Buenos Aires. 
Let me assure you that Buenos Aires is a city of no 
mean proportions boasting many modern buildings, wide 
streets, beautiful parks and plazas with their lovely 
fountains and statuary, and a population of some 4,000,- 
000 persons. 

The main stop of the day was made in Argentina's sec- 
ond city which has one of the largest and most modern 
bus stations that I have ever visited. Rosario is about 
half way between .Buenos Aires and Cordoba, and is the 
home of the Zeche family. 

At nine o'clock we finally arrived in Cordoba where 
Doctor Yoder and some of his grandchildren, along with 
other friends, met us at the station. Norman Romanen- 
ghi, Mr. Byler's right-hand assistant during the entire 
camp, had somehow managed to produce a small truck 
for the occasion. Getting an automobile is no small feat, 
but a delivery truck that would take us and all our bag- 
gage to camp was way beyond our greatest expectations. 

Arriving at camp, we found the boat, also a product 
of Norman Romanenghi and some of the Cordoba young 
people, waiting us. And on the other side of the river 
a piping hot dinner was ready for our consumption. After 
eating, we were only too glad to make up our beds and 
crawl into them. Taps from Norman's accordion wasn't 
a necessary reminder that it was time for "silencio ab- 
soluto" that first night. 

The seven o'clock "diana," with a few supplementary 
individual calls to the heavier sleepers, set things in 
motion each morning. Usually one 6r two "valientes" had 
already had an early morning splash, and the cook had 
been quietly buzzing around the kitchen. But now sleepy- 
eyed campers began to appear at the river's edge with 
towel and tooth brush and in a matter of minutes were 
ready, Bible in hand, for the morning devotions held in 
the canvas-covered breakfast-idining-class room. Only a 
few minutes were necessary to set up the tables for 
breakfast, which consists of coffee with milk and dry 
bread for most of the Argentines. Our cook sometimes 
treated us to toast and honey. 

During the next two hours three class periods inter- 
spersed with singing gave us all some food for thought 
for some time to come. 

To keep expenses at a minimum, everyone was asked 
to volunteer his services in one way or another. Chopping 
wood, carrying water, cleaning up, etc., with the coop- 
eration of all 1 , could be done away with in short time and 
we were then free to play a few games of volley ball 
and take a dip before dinner. Whether the mountain air 

or the morning's rigorous program is the most respon- 
sible, it is hard to say, but the quantities of food con- 
sumed by the campers at Diquecito is, to say the least, 
amazing! They only stop when scraping the bottoms of 
pots and pans produce nothing but noise! 

Another quick clean up and it's "siesta" time. Many 
of the young people, however, prefer a "mate" to sleep; 
so with a teakettle of water and the other necessary 
equipment, they go to some secluded spot away from camp 
where they take turns telling jokes and drinking "mate" 
out of a little cup with a silver tube-like "bombilla." 

At three-thirty, games, contests, treasure hunts or 
scavenger hunts are planned for the competing tribes. 
Here the spirit of play is quite different from what we 
are used to in the States, where we are taught to lose 
as well as to win. We at least are given a good oppor- 
tunity to teach some very necessary lessons. 

The evenings at camp are usually filled with singspira- 
tions, campfires, messages, special music, etc. Sometimes 
a very well-known doctor, who is also a fine Christian 
and .Bible teacher, speaks for us. During several years, 
his wife invites the entire camp to take tea at their house. 
This year, she sei'ved us hundreds of doughnuts and 
cheesecake. Doctor Yoder's nephew, who was visiting 
camp for a few days, played his violin for us. Mr. Charles 
Ingram Yoder is a Methodist missionary stationed in 

"Campemento" wouldn't be complete without an excur- 
sion into the mountains; so Norman Romanenghi, who 
seems to know the mountains like someone who has lived 
there always, gave us instructions on what to wear and 
what to carry in our knapsacks, and later led us to a 
spot where we cooked supper and spent the night. The 
next day he led us through the loveliest trail I have ever 
seen. It wasn't easy walking, but it was wonderful! We 
followed a mountain stream which fell over rocks of 
huge proportions, and though I was ready to drop in my 
tracks when we got back, I wouldn't have missed it for 

There are many more things that could be said about 
our "Campemento Diquecito," and there are countless im- 
provements that could be made, not only in things ma- 
terial, but in every other respect as well. But one thing 
is certain: many young lives have been blessed spirit- 
ually, and we pray that we may continue, year after 
year, to help our youth to enter a closer walk with our 
Lord. There are others who have not as yet given their 
hearts to Him who died to redeem them, but we pray that 
the influence of camp may help them to make a decision 
that will change their lives for all eternity. 

We appreciate the help you folks in the homeland have 
given, not only in helping to make our camp possible, 
but in the many other phases of the work as well. Once 
Paul said, "1 thank my God on every remembrance